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As stylish as ever, director Danny Boyle seems to be treading water with the surprisingly thinly written Trance -- but for fans of Boyle's work, it should still prove a trippily entertaining distraction.



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Simon (James McAvoy), a fine art auctioneer, teams up with a criminal gang to steal a Goya painting worth millions of dollars, but after suffering a blow to the head during the heist he awakens to discover he has no memory of where he hid the painting. When physical threats and torture fail to produce answers, the gang's leader Frank (Vincent Cassel) hires hypnotherapist Elizabeth Lamb (Rosario Dawson) to delve into the darkest recesses of Simon's psyche. As Elizabeth begins to unravel Simon's broken subconscious, the lines between truth, suggestion, and deceit begin to blur. (c)Fox Searchlight


Rosario Dawson
as Elizabeth
Matt Cross
as Dominic
Mark Poltimore
as Francis Lemaitre
Tuppence Middleton
as Young Woman in Red Car
Simon Kunz
as Surgeon
Michael Shaeffer
as Security Guard #1
Tony Jayawardena
as Security Guard #2
Vincent Montuel
as Handsome Waiter
Jai Rajani
as Car Park Attendant
Spencer Wilding
as 60s Robber
Edward Rising
as 60s Auctioneer
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Critic Reviews for Trance

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  • Trance is high-order, film noir nonsense that takes Boyle back to the thrillers he made at the start of his career with John Hodge (he wrote Trance, too), like Shallow Grave and Trainspotting, that were preoccupied with the grimy corners of the psyche.

    Jan 6, 2014 | Full Review…
  • Trance is to Danny Boyle more or less as Side Effects was to Steven Soderbergh: an arty spin on a trashy B-movie, engineered to showcase the director's particular gifts.

    Apr 12, 2013 | Full Review…
  • The story draws us in even through the murk.

    Apr 12, 2013 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Dawson walks through this film with majestic confidence while McAvoy is constantly inches from a full breakdown. And Boyle keeps that tension mesmerizing.

    Apr 12, 2013 | Rating: B | Full Review…

    Tom Long

    Detroit News
    Top Critic
  • I came away wondering whether the headache I left the theater with was such a bad -- or even unintentional -- thing after all.

    Apr 12, 2013 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • The plot of Trance is purposely convoluted - you're supposed to get more and more confused as the story unfolds, not always sure if what you're watching is a dream.

    Apr 11, 2013 | Rating: 2/4

Audience Reviews for Trance

  • Oct 08, 2015
    Trance is an interesting watch and the performances are fine. The story does not hold up under scrutiny on the one hand but the drama is not intense enough to put one in an emotional state and shut off the brain (so as to not notice the plot holes). The directing is fine, though I am not a fan of overly digital production. Trance is good for light entertainment.
    Robert B Super Reviewer
  • Jan 27, 2014
    Danny Boyle's Trance is one of those films that boasts an impressive concept, but fails to deliver. I really expected this film to be good, but the end result is a mediocre film that just doesn't have what it takes to be an entertaining action thriller. The film has an impressive cast, an original concept, but one that I felt was underdeveloped and one that ultimately left a lot to be desired. I really wanted to get into this film, as I think that Danny Boyle is a terrific director, and he is among my favorites. However here he presents a film that is disappointing despite its premise, and you wonder how something interesting could fall flat. I expected much more from this film, and if you're looking for a thrilling film, you'll be disappointed with Trance. The film is all style and no real sense of substance. Trance ends up being a dull film, one that should have been great. Instead, it squanders its potential, and tries to overwhelm you into its spider web of so called thrills. I simply felt that the film didn't work, and it could have been better considering the talent involved in front and behind the camera. This is a film that tries too hard at capturing your attention, and in doing so, you're lost in its complexities, and it is a film that is hard to follow and not as interesting as it tries to be. Trance could have been a highly memorable film, but it ends up being disappointing and I feel that there is something missing here to make it a better film.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Dec 21, 2013
    Entertaining British crime caper but I found the characterisations a bit hard to believe and the plot becomes a bit too confused.
    Ross C Super Reviewer
  • Oct 21, 2013
    Another mini masterpiece from Danny Boyle.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer

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