“Trance” review

Lynnette Spaeth, Volunteer Writer

“Trance,” directed by Danny Boyle is a mind blowing thriller that is hard to get out of ones’ head.  Simon (James McAvoy), a fine art auctioneer, gets caught up in the act of gambling and finds himself owing a lot of money.

Photo courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures

He then join up with a gang, led by Franck (Vincent Cassel) to steal a Goya painting worth millions of dollars, but during the scene Simon suffers a blow to the head and no longer can remember where he hid the painting.

Simon is then kidnapped, threatened, and tortured, but continues to give no answers.  The gang decides to hire a hypnotherapist, Elizabeth Lamb (Rosario Dawson) to recover the information in Simon’s head.  Elizabeth could also be the only person that could help.  Sending him into a subconscious state, Elizabeth begins to unleash his repressed memories.  Simon starts to get loopy and becomes more interested in messing with the images in his brain, rather than collecting the information.

“Trance includes a lot of psychic manipulation.  Elizabeth is given the power to get anyone to do pretty much anything she wants.  She traps Simon and Franck into her love spell.  Franck and Elizabeth don’t focus on finding the painting, but focus on getting the lead role.  This leads one to think that the story isn’t even about Simon.

The end of the movie leaves us in a “Trance” with its thumping music and flashing lights.  Simon goes on to say that “No piece of art is worth a human life.”  “Trance” is rated R for sexual content, graphic nudity, violence, some grisly images, and language.  It was released on April 5, 2013 and is currently available to the public.

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