Drama, Thriller, and Remake. Rated R. 1 hour, 41 minutes.
© 2013 Fox Searchlight Pictures
Dawson and James McAvoy in "Trance" - 2013
is directed by Danny Boyle and stars James McAvoy as Simon Newton,
Rosario Dawson as Elizabeth Lamb, the hypnotherapist and Vincent
Cassel as gang leader Franck.
Simon is a fine art
auctioneer at Delancy's Auction House and when they display Goya's
"Witches in the Air" painting worth 50 million, four
thieves attack the room with smoke bombs and guns and try to steal
the painting. However, Simon cuts the painting out of its frame
and hides it. After a chase, they clunk him in the head, and he
can't remember where he hid it.
Then, the gang goes
to his apartment and tears up the place trying to find it. With
no luck, they torture him but he still can't seem to remember.
So the thieves turn to hypnotherapist, Elizabeth Lamb, to try
to hypnotize him to get information. He is wearing a wire so the
thieves can hear the whole conversation while waiting in their
As Elizabeth notices
that he is wearing a wire, she holds up cards and asks if he is
in trouble. He nods. She tells him that she can help. She tries
to unlock the secret that he is keeping inside. She eventually
meets the gang and wants part of the action. Now she is playing
a dangerous game.
Simon from a year and a half ago when he came into her office
with a gambling problem. Simon's heist was to settle his gambling
But he overhears the
gang saying that after they get the painting, they were going
to kill him anyway. So he runs, but all the doors are locked,
so he called Elizabeth and tells her where he hid the painting.
But it was a dream.
Maybe there are some
things that is better not to remember. The toughest secrets are
the ones we keep from ourselves. What the viewer has to figure
out is: what is reality and try to put the pieces together. There
are flashbacks from the past and Simon goes back and forth in
his memory through hypnosis.
is rated R for sexual content, graphic nudity, violence, some
grisly images, and language. Scenes for this film were shot at
the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and throughout Dungeness,
You have to really
be focused to try to follow everything. However, I thought it
was a fairly good movie.
by Fox Searchlight