Discs and Downloads: 'Trance' turns your brain into a pretzel

Reported by: James Eppler
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Updated: 7/23/2013 10:15 am

As the title indicates, "Trance" comes at you ready to turn your mind into a pretzel before just blowing it apart. The crime drama directed with a sure hand by Oscar winner Danny Boyle has some great energy as it hauls you through a maze of twists and turns by the scruff of your neck.

James McAvoy stars as an art dealer who helps a gang of criminals make off with a pricey painting. But during the heist, he suffers a blow to the head and forgets where he stashed the thing.

So to search his brain for the answer the gang of criminals allows him to hire a hypnotherapist, played by Rosario Dawson.

You'll get no more details on the plot from me - that would be spoiling. But like McAvoy's character, you'll get the feeling everyone knows more than you do.

"Trance" is often a blast, although sometimes frustrating, and Boyle makes a few really bad exploitative decisions (listen for the hair clippers). But movies that make you think this much with so much style have to be admired.
"Trance" didn't get a huge audience in theaters - it needs one at home.
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