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Friday, January 11, 2013

The New Trailer for Danny Boyle's Mind-Traveling Thriller 'TRANCE' Starring James McAvoy and Vincent Cassel

Well, this looks really promising. In what looks like a unique mash-up between Inception and Black Swan, director Danny Boyle (127 Hours, Slumdog Millionaire) presents TRANCE, a trippy sci-fi film that may rival the mind-bending effect of last year's Looper.

Full synopsis (from Indiewire):

TRANCE, directed by Oscar®-winning filmmaker Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours) and co-written by Oscar®-nominated long term collaborator John Hodge (Shallow Grave, Trainspotting) is a seductive and enigmatic thriller starring James McAvoy, Vincent Cassel and Rosario Dawson.

Fine art auctioneer Simon (McAvoy), in league with a gang led by underworld boss Franck (Cassel), plots the audacious theft of a masterpiece by Goya from a major public auction. When Simon double-crosses the gang during the robbery, Franck retaliates violently and knocks him unconscious.

In the aftermath of the heist, Simon sticks stubbornly - and perhaps shrewdly - to his claim that the violent trauma has left him with no memory of where he stashed the artwork.

Unable to coerce the painting's location from Simon, Franck and his associates reluctantly join forces with a charismatic hypnotherapist (Dawson) in a bid to get him to talk. But as they journey deeper into Simon's jumbled psyche the boundaries between reality and hypnotic suggestion begin to blur and the stakes rise faster and far more dangerously than any of the players could have anticipated.

It certainly sounds intriguing. The film re-teams Boyle with his Trainspotting and The Beach scribe John Hodge, who co-wrote the movie with first time feature writer Joe Ahearne.

TRANCE may be great move for the film's star McAvoy who, despite his talent, hasn't had much success as a lead actor in the American market, and Dawson, whose filmography can be a bit hit or miss. Cassel, however, rarely ever misses (even in mediocre films), and "twisted" seems to be his genre of choice.

Take a look at the new trailer below:

TRANCE hits theaters March 14th.


Brittani Burnham said...

I will definitely be seeing this!

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