Trance (UK, 2013)
Directed by Danny Boyle
Starring James McAvoy, Rosario Dawson, Vincent Cassel, Danny Sapani
It's very common for directors to kick back and have some fun after winning a major award. The Coen Brothers have virtually made a career out of alternating weighty, compelling dramas like No Country for Old Men with more frothy, whimsical fare like Burn After Reading. Having wowed the world with the 2012 Olympic ceremonies, Danny Boyle is now following their lead with Trance, a film that's shallow, indulgent, ill-disciplined - and quite good fun.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Inception, Memento and Mulholland Drive in one day, and then said: "Those were all great - but now let's do the fun version." That's not to say that none of these films are entertaining, whether viscerally or intellectually, but Trance is driven by a guttural instinct towards having fun - something which is both its biggest asset and its greatest liability.
Angel Heart). Like Memento our lead character's journey is examined through the fragmented nature of his memory, and it transpires that there is something in his past which gives him an abusive nature.
Black Swan for aggression with intelligence behind it.
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