While not a hardcore fan, I’d always anticipated for and enjoyed watching Danny Boyle’s movies. I immensely loved 28 Days Later, Trainspotting, The Beach and 127 Hours. While 28 Days Later redefined the zombie genre parallel to Romero’s zombie classics, Trainspotting carved a niche building a genre of its own. I do have a slight qualm regarding the over-rated Slumdog Millionaire but Boyle’s directorial skills were put to a test there as well, having a foreign, non-star-studded cast to handle and yet emerging as a winner. Anyways the point being, a director of high caliber, Danny Boyle had undoubtedly already made his mark with his acclaimed movies.
Trance is a movie which is next to impossible to narrate without giving much away about the plot. Even the most bizzare scenes I’d love to quote would hamper the experience. And believe me there are a lot of unsettling sequences. It almost boggles your mind and throws you in a spiral of ‘what’s real’ and ‘what’s not’, very much like Nolan’s Inception. To make things more intriguing Boyle throws in visual cues questioning ourselves; like the play of color hues and glass panes throughout the movie. It’ll all make sense the second time you watch it. But in the end it is by far the most gripping story I’ve ever seen/heard in recent times. The pace is smooth and fast letting you soak in the visuals while the characters come off as much more than merely intriguing. Characters ooze with persona and by the time you invest your interest in one you are let to pushed for another ride.
Remarkable performances from the 3 leads makes it all possible. I am a huge fan of Rosario Dawson and she’s as gorgeous and splendid as ever in Trance. More than a Boyle movie, the fact that ‘Rosario Dawson was in the movie’ made me watch it. Its been awhile since I’d seen her in good roles and this one absolutely fulfills my desire. Fresh outta watching the stylish-yet-mediocre Welcome to The Punch, I felt James McAvoy was at his best here. This is the second of the British productions he’s starred in, in a row, which culminates with Filth which I’m eager to watch as well. Vincent Cassel with his amazing exuberance in playing a bad guy does it once again. There are oodles of nudity to be found in Trance but not one felt forced or just for the sake of being there; on the contrary it is indispensable for the plot to unravel itself.
Boyle is known for his visual style and he does so amazingly incorporate that style in Trance, thanks to the brilliant cinematography by Academy Award winner Anthony Dod Mantle who was also responsible for the equally mesmerising shots in 127 Hours and Slumdog Millionaire. Boyle gratuitously borrows scenes and sequences from his own The Beach; especially the hallucinogenic ones. Boyle has also had excellent flair in the music he’s featured in his movies. Trance has one of the best soundtracks featuring a resplendent score by Rick Smith and songs from various artists that fuels the visuals of the movie. From the very funky retro tunes of M People’s Moving on Up to the mellow-sung Sandman by Rosario herself. From the entrancing Bullet Cut to the adrenaline inducing The Heist, Trance’s OST beckons you to listen to it.
Trance is one of those movies that begs to be stamped a cult-classic. Having only premiered in limited theatres in the UK and US, Trance is yet to have a worldwide release and to be recognised universally. I am just dying to type some more stuff out here, but I am not remorseless to spoil your experience. Cant recommend this movie enough. Go watch this while I get some time for myself to watch this again.