Trance: when an art heist goes wrong the only auctioneer who knows where a valuable painting is can’t remember what he did with it. Purposely or not, this is a fragmented mess of a film: it’s hard to know exactly what is past, present, hypnosis, and visions – making it frustrating to follow at times. The twist-o-rama finale in particular is both super-smart and hyper-ridiculous. If it’s one thing though, Trance is visually sumptuous; some parts feel like a technical demo reel – full of impressive techniques, colouring, imagery, and most scenes have some form of reflection / symmetry. Yet, no matter how much Boyle tarts this up, it still manages to feel like a TV drama for the most part; lots of talking, small locations, tight cast etc. There’s also a really, really, strange ‘hairy bush’ Vs ‘shaved pubes’ sub-plot. Trance is part cutting-edge super-styalised directorial flare, and part humdrum, but the shattered timeline and ambiguity of what you’re watching make it very hard to tune in to. I imagine this plays better with a 2nd viewing.
Good review. A lot of it was very twisty, turny and confusing for all of the right reasons, however, I still didn’t really care for any of these people. As much as the performances were all good, I never knew which characters to root for or even trust. Which makes sense considering the story, but sometimes, you do need that one person to stand behind and sympathize with.
I agree. I watched this film getting angrier by the second. The sad part was that it sounded like SUCH an interesting film but I was horribly let down with the visions, backwards, the forwarding. I was constantly thinking “What was going on” Thanks for your review.
Thanks for stopping by! And having the correct opinion!!! This seemed to get pretty positive reviews at the time of release, still don’t see it – other than the visual aspects.