DANNY BOYLE’S TRANCE — A REVIEW BY NICK CLEMENT

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This one made a nickel when it was released, my nickel actually, and I’ll never understand why it was left out to dry by the studio. Trance is an intense movie, fever dream-esque in almost all respects, and aggressively stylish from first frame to last. This was a major mind-teaser from exuberant and hyped-up filmmaker Danny Boyle who was in major Nicolas Roeg territory here, spinning a thematically complex and visually audacious tale with the help of screenwriters John Hodge and Joe Ahearne and the extraordinary cinematographer Anthony Dod Mantle. Shot with bold and super-saturated colors and edited with sensational zest by Jon Harris, this is one of those films that is so outlandish, so movie-movie, that you just have to sit back and relax and enjoy the incredibly wild show. When all is said and done, I don’t believe ONE THING about this picture, and yet, I absolutely love it, because it takes me on such a trippy journey that half of the fun is seeing how the filmmakers are constantly messing with my senses. Trance features a trio of engrossing performances from James McAvoy, Vincent Cassell, and Rosario Dawson, all of whom subvert your expectations and take their potentially duplicitious characters into surprising directions. Violent, sexy, and always potentially dangerous, this is a propulsive thriller with a final act that truly makes your head spin. Repeated viewings are a must, for multiple reasons.

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