Excerpt: Trance is a well-crafted film that might be a bit convoluted, even illogical if one thinks too hard on it. However, the film has enough energy and twists to keep the viewer interested, if a bit puzzled by how it all fits together.
Excerpt: It’s trashy fun, to a point, but what’s most intriguing about stacking Boyle and Soderbergh’s films up against each other is how they succeed and fail in very nearly the same fashion: compelling setup, terrific vibe, lousy payoff.
Excerpt: A mesmerizing movie that is a heist flick; a psychological thriller about loss of memory and the powers of hypnotism; and a provocative parable about human desire, greed, sexuality, paranoia, and betrayal.
Excerpt: McAvoy has our sympathies at the start, but he hasn’t invested his character with any tells that might explain things we learn as things shift. When they do, it’s like a switch has been flipped and all that’s left is the dupe.
Excerpt: In a hypnosis-themed film where we’re never entirely if what we’re watching is actually occurring or just unfolding in a character’s mind, we expect the unexpected. But we hope for something sensible.
Excerpt: Danny Boyle, ladies and gentlemen, fresh from tossing the Queen of England out of a helicopter for the Olympics, has now tossed Rosario Dawson’s modesty into the same deep ocean where he hopes the rest of us have buried our intelligence. But then, that’s just one of many contrivances that forms the skeleton of Trance, which is less a movie and more a series of stacked convolutions and non-sequiturs, building to a big reveal that actually unveils very little.
Excerpt: In the art world, Trance is what you would refer to as a fugaze.” It wants to be art, but instead of achieving a point-of-view it instead relies on over-the top visuals and tired, “is-this-a-dream-or-reality,” nonsensical trickery.”
Excerpt: Emerging from “Trance,” you feel like you’ve been to see a middle-of-the-road Vegas magician; you were entertained while the show was on, sure, but you’re already forgetting the tricks on the ride home.
Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
Excerpt: By the close you’re likely to be exhausted by the effort to keep things straight and angry that you bothered to try.