“Trance”, the psychological thriller from “127 Hours” and “Trainspotting” director Danny Boyle, released on DVD and Blu-ray on July 23.
“Trance” is an example of a movie with a flexible reality that leaves the audience questioning the storyline all the way to the end credits.
The film follows art auctioneer, Simon (James McAvoy), after he awakens from a blow to the head during an attempted robbery of $27 million painting to find that the painting and his memory are missing – only to be forced by the thief Franck (Vincent Cassel) to undergo hypnosis with hypnotist Elizabeth (Rosario Dawson).
Director Danny Boyle delivers his usual style to this movie filled with various visual splendors. It is ranked low among his better movies, but not too low that it should be called bad.
He worked with writer John Hodge again for the first time since 2000’s “The Beach”. They previously collaborated on Boyle’s debut “Shallow Grave” and the Academy Award nominated “Trainspotting”. The younger director could definitely be seen within the film. There are some unexpected shocking images closer to the end of the film – a few of which can be compared to the sudden shotgun kill in “Drive”.
The screenplay itself was written by Joe Ahearne back in 1994 and turned into a television movie in 2001 after Boyle said the project would be “quite difficult” for a beginning screenwriter. It seems this updated remake proved that correct.
Although an interesting setup with an introduction that could be its own short film, the minute a hypnotist is thrown into the mix the movie starts to waiver. Twists and turns are expected, but at some point too many just makes the audience wonder if the end reveal is also a lie. That is the case with “Trance”, leaving the ending to fall flat and feel unresolved.
In the end, this is a mind-bending psychological thriller with an intriguing plot it is not entirely successful. However, the film shows that it tried its best to deliver this “quite difficult” project and that makes it a watchable feature.
“Trance” has a run time of approximately 101 minutes, and is rated R for sexual content, graphic nudity, violence, some grisly images, and language.
Available on DVD and Blu-ray, the Blu-ray features a 1080p/AVC-encoded presentation in 2.39:1 aspect ratio. Sound-wise it comes DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 surround sound.
Available as a 1-disc DVD or 1-disc Blu-ray, there are no commentary tracks but a few Blu-ray exclusives.
The bonus features include:
- Deleted Scenes*
- Trance Unraveled*
- The Power of Suggestion – Making Trance*
- Kick Off*
- Danny’s Film Noir*
- The Look
- The Final Rewrite
- Danny Boyle Retrospective*
- Short Film “Eugene” by Spencer Susser*
*Only featured on the Blu-ray release
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