Saturday, April 27, 2013

"Trance" Movie Review

Posted at  3:07 PM  |  in  MOVIE REVIEWS

I can actually think of three words to describe the movie "Trance" by 20th Century Fox -- deception, manipulation, and defeat. Starring James McAvoy, Vincent Cassel, and Rosario Dawson, "Trance" takes us to world where the moviegoers' mind are going to be tricked and deceived by the creators of the film. Thanks to the brilliant script written by John Hodge and ideal mind of director Danny Boyle, "Trance" is truly a remarkable movie masterpiece that will surely blow your mind away.

Presented in a nonlinear editing of events, the movie "Trance" will force you to think in each scene, will manipulate your thoughts, and will deceive your mind. It will make you say, "Which scenes are real? Which are not? Which are just in a trance?"

"Trance" movie has that "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" feel with a little of "Wild Things" movie on the side. If you have watched both movies, you will understand where I am going to. But of course, "Trance" took the noir that is nonlinear-editing-suspense-psychological-film-thriller to a higher level of suspense with a series of mini heart attacks in some of the scenes.

During the screening of the film, I sometimes question myself whether a particular scene is real or not, or just a trance in the film itself. Luckily, I am more focused on the film than what is happening IN the film. For the record, the "Trance" movie does not have that "Inception" film anywhere, not even close to that level, but the commercial feel of being lined up to mind-boggling movies out there has almost reached my expectations.

In a simpler point of view, "Trance" is like making an art by doodling on a piece of paper without lifting a ball point -- it's tricky but possible, hard to imagine but can be obtained, and with lots of circles and swirls but the end product is one big picture of beautiful chaos. The idea of the movie is really not something fresh, but you know "Trance" has it's own unique flavor, character, and personality.

Truly, the mind is a powerful tool and director Danny Boyle utilized the mind with flying colors. As compared to his previous work, "Slumdog Millionaire", "Trance" is a minimalist's movie -- few characters, simple production design, etc. -- but the bigger picture is yet to be revealed as you watch the film. Defeat can be the perfect word to describe a person with no focus in watching this film. I would suggest to give more focus while watching it. The plot story is actually easy to understand, however, without a focus, your mind will be slipped to more clues and asking yourself more "whys" as you go out of the movie theaters.

The movie is rated R16 by the classification boards for language profanity and some nudity in the film (whispering, best shocking part evah!) and approved without cuts. The nudity part was actually nothing, it was sort of presented in an artistic way, or maybe I was wrong about it. Hahaha!

Rosario Dawson I think played the hardest part. She played the role of Elizabeth Lamb, a hypno-therapist whose character's involvement in the film has the deepest motive of all. Vincent Cassel as the manipulative Franck played the greedy one while James McAvoy's Simon character involves around defeat and deception. Superb acting prowess were seen in these three people. Acting performances were truly amazing.

"Trance" movie will also take you to a world where two people co-exist -- the manipulator and the one who is being manipulated.

Overall, if you want this kind of movie, you may want to include this film on your watch list this Labor Day. "Trance" movie will open on May 1, 2013. Starring James McAvoy, Vincent Cassel, and Rosario Dawson, It is directed by Danny Boyle and brought to you by 20th Century Fox. Below is the international full movie trailer of "Trance". See you in theaters!

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