Trance Tries to Bend your Mind
Trance is a thriller that attempts to bend viewers’ minds. It is directed by Danny Boyle and is designed to give your brain a workout. It is about Simon (James McAvoy), a young Scotsman who works at a fine-art auction house in London. He is in charge of the security of the place.
Franck (Vincent Cassel) is a French gangster who decides to steal a painting by Goya called Witches in the Air. The heist feels like a music video for a techno song. It ends with Simon getting hit on the head.
When he wakes up from the coma, he forgets about everything that happened during the heist. It turns out that he was working with the French gangster but he can’t remember where he hid the Goya painting.
Franck sends Simon to a hypnotherapist, Elizabeth Lamb (Rosario Dawson). She specializes in recovering the memory if amnesia victims. Then Trance turns into a combination of Inception, Spellbound, and Vanilla Sky.
Trance is full of clues, subplots, hallucinations and flashbacks. The main story is finding the location of the painting but it turns out to be the least important element of the plot. Simon, Franck and Elizabeth are somehow connected but their connection is not really explained.
There are also several illogical events in Trance. It feels like Boyle has spent a lot of time in the cutting room that he might have seen links between images that are not visible to the naked eye.
It is hard to talk about Trance without giving away too much of the story. It is best to avoid watching its trailer and go into it blind. In the end of it all, the movie reveals something that viewers have already guessed midway into it. The visuals fit well with the story but somehow the music is too distracting.