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Trance (2013) 
A mimicked version of Inception without stupidity
3/4 stars

Directed by Danny Boyle
Starring James McAvoy, Rosario Dawson and Vincent Cassell

Danny Boyle, the man behind a masterful film (Slumdog Millionaire) and the adventurous thriller (127 hours) has picked a thriller inspiring from Inception. But it is that, it never tried to copy. Trance is thrilling. Trance is unique for Boyle. His vision: Never try to be hero is evident here. Nothing greatly boasted or splendid but, a provocative and heart tugging drama filled with intelligent action and demanding performances. Simon, auctioneer (wonderful, McAvoy) loses his memory due to an injury and he is forced to get back his memories with a hypnotist (charming, Dawson), so that he can give to his opponent Frank (rusty, Cassell) a painting worth the risk. But this is not alone, the film. There is a surprising twist that really changes the opinion and conclusions of the film. Smart as it starts, smooth and bland as it continues, but it is the last part that really goes for a roller coaster ride of interesting plot points and transient moments filled with surprise. Boyle has blown me away there. Don’t expect an inception here. It is not science fiction. Boyle goes for the logic here: Possibility to hypnotize someone and gain control of his memory. Clever indeed! Still it is complex enough, can’t jump to conclusion like that. McAvoy is awesome for what he is. He is smart, also the really hard thing to digest was the last part written for him. Boyle did surprise me, and I could never believe it. Action: Nothing grand, lot of gun shots and a bit of tortures.
So Trance is a well written thriller that has its own share of goods. I can’t totally give the film a standout statement, but I assure the aces are all right here. McAvoy, takes us into his mind blowing and disturbed life story, that has heart and also a impinging addiction to not savor for. Don’t get blown away by the twist in the end. Trance is that’s why unique. Seriously complex, but the plot really demands viewing. Boyle’s nurturing of his narrative and keeping the interesting moments to pull us into this story is smart and also really has a gut feeling. This man can do it. He did it in 127 hours (One man story caught in the rock that runs for nearly ninety minutes). So is Trance: Thoughtful, logical and thankfully not clichéd. My Statement: Never underestimate Boyle for not making suspense thrillers. Trance is a transition of his mind and your thoughts. A walloping work, made with sense: A mimicking demonstration of what Nolan did. Gusto


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