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Trance

Released: 27/03/2013 General release
After recent confirmation that Danny Boyle will shoot the sequel to Trainspotting in 2016, assess his current quality levels with this tricksy new heist flick. James McAvoy is an art thief who forgets where he's stashed his quarry. A criminal gang (Vincent Cassel among them) are keen for him to remember, so he teams up with a hypnotherapist (Rosario Dawson). For more information visit: http://www.doyouwanttoremember.com/ Buy: http://www.myvue.com/latest-movies/info/cinema/reading/film/trance Watch:
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The Independent“A flashy new thriller...” Boyle could film an adaptation of the proverbial phone book and make it sexy and kinetic. If Trance has a problem, it's just that it is so shallow and slippery that we don't know who to root for...
 
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The Telegraph“A cheerfully discombobulated new thriller... ” Trance is what happens when one of our finest filmmakers himself regresses into a past life: it’s far from perfect, but you can hardly begrudge him the trip...
 
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The Observer“Labyrinthine neo-noir thriller...” The film has an impressive sound design and is brilliantly photographed by Anthony Dod Mantle (Oscar winner for Slumdog Millionaire), all tilted camera, fractured images and reflections...
 
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Financial Times“Here we wait for the next wrenching improbability...” It is amazing – or at least instructive – how a film that has damned itself by being all effect and no affect, all payoffs and no plausibility, ends up having no effect or payoff worth the name or admission price...
 
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Radio Times“It's Cassel's ruthless kingpin who makes the strongest impression...” Danny Boyle embraces the archetypes, deception and duplicity of vintage film noir, albeit with a hi-tech edge, but the often confusing layers of plot twists leave the complex story on the verge of collapsing in on itself...
 
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Little White Lies“Pulsing with loud style, it's a vibrant, vibey joyride...” Trance loses some of its drive and direction by the time it reaches the final third. But fortunately, Boyle slams it home with a blazing climax that's full of everything he does best: invention, tension, intensity and, of course, scorching images...
 
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Empire“Shows off Boyle’s mastery of complex storytelling and black, black humour” Though it rings ever so slightly hollow as cool shades into callousness, this exercise in sexy suspense and brain-scrambling mystery is a dazzling, absorbing entertainment...
 
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Guardian“Just a minor blip in Boyle's remarkable career...” It's a movie with a witty and intriguing starting point and I wanted to like it, this being virtually my patriotic duty. But Trance is a disappointment: a strident, chaotic, frantically overcooked film...
 
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Total Film “There’s a witty, mocking tone throughout...” The film recognises it’s own flaws; the cast (particularly McAvoy, who seems to be heading every genre-savvy Brit-flick this year) are clearly enjoying themselves and, if approached as a killer B-movie made by A-listers, you will too...
 
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