Trance Reviews

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January 6, 2014
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.
April 12, 2013
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
The story draws us in even through the murk.
April 12, 2013
Dawson walks through this film with majestic confidence while McAvoy is constantly inches from a full breakdown. And Boyle keeps that tension mesmerizing.
April 12, 2013
I came away wondering whether the headache I left the theater with was such a bad -- or even unintentional -- thing after all.
April 11, 2013
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.
April 11, 2013
[Boyle] leaves it to the audience to try to figure out just what's up, and what's going down, in this sleek psychological puzzler.
April 11, 2013
It's an ingeniously built automaton, sexy as hell, and devoid of a heart.
April 11, 2013
If you're going to champion style over substance, you'll want Danny Boyle providing the style.
April 11, 2013
With "Trance," story becomes just another element in Boyle's commercial pop-Cubism, and the results are nearly fatal.
April 11, 2013
For much of the film ... Boyle's innate flair as a dramatist and conjurer keeps one clamped to the armrests.
April 11, 2013
Danny Boyle seems to have had a blast making Trance. It's a pity he makes it so difficult to share in his joy.
April 11, 2013
When we awaken from this "Trance," we wish we could have our amnesia back.
April 11, 2013
For a while, "Trance" had me guessing, and more or less hooked. Then the violence, motivations, double-crosses and fantasy/reality tangles became tedious.
April 8, 2013
The only perceptible purpose of the story is to pay homage to Dawson, and rightly so; her character is a rare blend of she-devil and sculptured deity, rising above the follies of mere men.
April 5, 2013
Boyle loads his movie with so many snazzy effects that we lose sight of what it all means.
April 5, 2013
I can't remember the last time I had this much fun having the rug pulled out from under me.
April 5, 2013
Danny Boyle's trippy, Inception-like thriller is a hypnotic head trip that demands you trust no one.
April 5, 2013
The dreamy unconscious in Trance seems haphazard, frenetic and often meaningless.
April 5, 2013
When Boyle finally pulls aside the curtain to show what he's been up to all along, we don't feel as if we've been fairly fooled. We feel as if we've been cheated ...
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