Come on weren’t you all waiting to watch Trance, the thriller directed by the Oscar winning director Danny Boyle? I was and am being frank when I say that I was left seriously disappointed after I came out of theatre. Phew…pains me to say this but the fact remains that Trance has been a letdown and I wasn’t expecting it to be like one.
The plot is crisp and is engaging as all Boyle movies are. We have two men, played by James McAvoy and Vincent Cassel and a sexy looking hypnotherapist played by Rosario Dawson. While, Simon (McAvoy) deals in art auctioning and his life gets topsy turvy when he gets embroiled in a scam with some local goons headed by Frank (Vincent). The plot takes a twisty turn when a precious painting gets stolen and during the robbery, Simon gets injured on his head and forgets the whole episode. Now, the plot becomes all the more interesting when Frank comes to know that Simon has played a game and gets after his life. All this while, Simon manages to get the help of a hypnotist who opens up many secrets that are bound to wreck havoc in his life. We, as audiences are forced to wonder about the whereabouts of the painting and the gory secret that has lied hidden until now.
The plot is pretty interesting and we have many scenes showing the hypnotists’ trials to bring out the secrets in Simon’s life and relieve him of his amnesia. Rosario Dawson has no special role to play except that she plays a sexy black hypnotist and is very average in the movie. I don’t have anything special to say about her role. It is very typical and viewers have seen it end number of times before. The movie has been given a rating of R since it has many scenes that involve nudity, gory violent images and sex. Hence, it is a must that you do not take your kids along when you hit the theatre.
But, there is one drawback about this film and that is the usual storyline. I didn’t expect it to be so predictable since it is a Boyle film and I was hoping to discover some not so typical endings and conclusions. With regard to the other two male leads, I just have one word to say. Cassel is his usual evil self in the movie and there is definitely good acting done by him, though, he could take roles that are a little different than the usual villainous parts he usually takes up. As for Dawson, she has appeared nude and I could not fathom why the director wanted her in her natural avatar in the scene? It was pointless and without any meaning. Come on…how many hypnotists have you ever seen like her? It looked unreal.
As far as the style of storytelling or narration is concerned, it was good and had no flashbacks. It was a simple case of linear narration and this is one point that has seemed to work well for the film. My only advice to the viewers is that one shouldn’t expect too much from Trance as this is no Slumdog Millionaire guys. It is average and may not be liked by all.