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04 May 2013

Danny Boyle's Trance (Film Review): "Hypnotic Rosario"

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“Trance” may be the new “Inception” of the year with Danny Boyle’s distinctive mark.  The movie is a high concept thriller delving in art theft, hypnosis, love, betrayal and science fiction.  You may even call this movie the film noir for the digital age.  Nothing in the movie is simplistic.  The plot is complicated. The visuals are stunning in a way that only Danny Boyle can deliver. The scenes and colors are rarely static, constantly changing. Still, Boyle did not get carried away with his techniques and manages to let the story unfolds on its own. 

Unfortunately, under a stylistic director, sometimes the performances of the actors take a backseat and the director’s quirky styles take over.  In the case of this movie, the crucial nuances of the characters and the important details in characterization were muddled in Danny Boyle’s kaleidoscope.  Certainly, the film is a visual spectacle, a surefire drug against boredom, which ails most contemporary moviegoers. Nevertheless, with such a complicated story, the actors’ performances must also take equal standing.  The actors’ slight changes in facial expressions and seemingly meaningless gestures often give clue to the secrets of the film.  

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Vincent Cassel and James McAvoy gave good performances but it is Rosario Dawson who rose above Danny Boyle’s colorful canvas.  The minute she walked in, I knew that her character is something of note.  Watch her subtle gestures, her face and her movement, and then you become more interested in her than in any of the characters in the movie.  Then, once the big secret of the movie is revealed, I suggest that you watch the movie a second time and discover that all her gestures is not accidental.  She does not just touch her neck and necklace, there is a reason.

Bottom line, “Trance” is a smarter movie compared to recent blockbusters like “Iron Man 3” and “The Avengers;” We have to thank Danny Boyle for it.  His films are critically acclaimed and commercially successful. I think it is time for him to take risks.  Do something unpredictable.  (By Rob San Miguel)


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