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Danny Boyle‘s latest film, Trance, is a victim of its own ingenuity. It’s a film about memory and how a person is defined by their memories. These memories can be tampered with, removed, replaced, even changed ever so slightly to make reality seem different than it actually is. To bolster those ideas, Boyle gives the film a lurid feel. At any given time, the audience isn’t sure if what they are seeing is real, fake, a dream, a memory or some blending of both.

Unfortunately, that ambiguity begins to overpower any interest generated for the characters or story, leaving the film with a cold feeling. There are certainly mysteries to be solved, and Boyle’s energetic style provides some fun moments, but if you can’t believe what you’re seeing at any given moment, you can’t begin to care about the characters either. Read More »

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The latest trailer for Danny Boyle‘s Trance can’t beat the earlier red-band one in terms of sex and violence, but it doesn’t need to. It looks plenty dark and twisted and bizarre as is.

The trippy thriller centers on Simon (James McAvoy), a fine art auctioneer who assists in the theft of a stolen painting. When he can’t remember where he stashed the stolen loot, the gang leader (Vincent Cassel) hires a hypnotherapist (Rosario Dawson) to help jog his memory. As she delves deeper and deeper into his mind, reality begins to unravel. Hit the jump to check out the trailer.

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In just a few weeks we’ll get to see a new Danny Boyle movie, and that’s pretty great. The film is Trance, and as the slice of art above suggests, it leaves the psyche of a man, played by James McAvoy, in less than perfect shape.

This new red-band trailer shows more of Boyle’s heavily-stylized return to all-out genre fare. It also give a taste of some of the more unpleasant moments in the film, and a hint or two of a couple of the more pleasurable moments, too.

And McAvoy’s character isn’t the only one who has his head messed with. There’s a payoff shot in this trailer that had me gobsmacked for a moment, before the gorehound in me took over and started giggling like mad. Check it out below — this one is definitely not safe for work, even if those unsafe flashes are fairly brief.  Read More »

This is essentially a big retweet, but it’s a good one, as Fox Searchlight has announced the US release date for Danny Boyle‘s new film Trance. The picture stars James McAvoy, Rosario Dawson and Vincent Cassell in a story about an art thief (McAvoy) who is injured while stealing a painting. He claims that amnesia prevents him from remembering where he stashed the loot, and so a crime boss (Cassell) employs a hypnotherapist (Dawson) to get the info out of the thief’s head.

The studio has announced an April 5 release for the film. More info, and a poster that ably captures what appears to be the very fragmented condition of McAvoy’s mind, follows after the break. Read More »

Danny Boyle looks like he’s having fun again. Let me clarify that, actually: Danny Boyle’s films always look like the product of a director who is having fun, but this time the movie seems like a pure genre exercise where his exuberance is going to be the dominant note.

Before Boyle dealt with the big decisions for last summer’s Olympic opening ceremony, he shot a movie called Trance, starring James McAvoy, Rosario Dawson and Vincent Cassel. The film is a loose remake of a TV film that ran in the UK in 2001, and looks like a gangland heist thriller with a hallucinogenic mindset underlying the action. McAvoy is an art thief who takes a knock on the head, after which he claims he can’t recall where he stashed the object of his last heist. Cassel is the ringleader who wants the missing loot, and Dawson is the hypnotist hired to get the info out of McAvoy’s head.

The trailer for Trance should be online for real tomorrow, but after Film 2013 on BBC1 premiered it tonight, some of the footage has come online.

Update: We’ve replaced the original partial embed with the full trailer.

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It’s been a couple of years since we’ve seen a Danny Boyle movie (his last was 2010′s 127 Hours), but the Brit filmmaker’s been very busy in the meantime. He shot the art-heist thriller Trance in late 2011, took a break to direct the London Olympics opening ceremony in 2012, and is now back at work putting the finishing touches on Trance.

James McAvoy stars as an art auctioneer who helps a gang of thieves (led by Vincent Cassel‘s Franck) steal a Goya masterpiece. After a blow to the head gives him amnesia, Franck hires a therapist (Rosario Dawson) to help jog his memory. The first stills and a new synopsis have just hit the web, and you can check them out after the jump.

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Danny Boyle just bolstered the cast of his new thriller Trance, which will shoot later this year, then go dormant until late 2012 while the director works on the London Olympics, before finally being completed next fall for release sometime in 2013. James McAvoy is already set to play an accomplice in a botched art heist, and now he will likely be joined by Rosario Dawson and Vincent Cassel. Read More »

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