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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. Read critic reviews

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Simon (James McAvoy), a fine-art auctioneer, joins a gang of thieves led by Franck (Vincent Cassel) to steal a priceless Goya painting. During the heist Simon suffers a head injury and awakes with no memory of where he hid the artwork. When torture and physical threats fail to break through his amnesia, Franck hires a hypnotherapist named Elizabeth (Rosario Dawson) to find the answer. But as Elizabeth probes the recesses of Simon's mind, the lines between truth and deceit start to blur.

Cast & Crew

Mark Poltimore
Francis Lemaitre
Joe Ahearne
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John Hodge
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Bernard Bellew
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François Ivernel
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Cameron McCracken
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Tessa Ross
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Steven Rales
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Mark Roybal
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Anthony Dod Mantle
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Jon Harris
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Rick Smith
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Mark Tildesley
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Suttirat Anne Larlarb
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Critic Reviews for Trance

All Critics (187) | Top Critics (55) | Fresh (128) | Rotten (59)

  • Trance is so in love with its dream-within-dream conceits it pays little attention to anything else. It pays little attention to detail, and you know how such things bother me.

    September 4, 2018 | Full Review…
  • In the end, it's the unnecessary tricksiness of the film that halts its flow. A crucial human component is missing.

    October 3, 2017 | Full Review…
  • It's not that I don't think Boyle knows, by the time things start to get really bananas in the second half, that his movie is silly. I'm jut not convinced that he ever decided how he felt about it.

    June 21, 2016 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    January 6, 2014 | Full Review…
  • The muddled mental states of the characters (and that of the audience) are mirrored by the film's visual style, which oscillates between languorous dreamscapes and frenetic action sequences.

    November 4, 2013 | 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.

    April 12, 2013 | Full Review…

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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