Danny Boyle secured the rank of Oscar-winner for Slumdog Millionaire four years ago, but back in the 1990s he applied his music video style filmmaking techniques to making gnarly and nightmarish drama-thrillers like Shallow Grave, Trainspotting and The Beach. His latest directing project, Trance, is a calling back to his days of telling sordid tales about residents from the underbelly of London society.

The general audiences-approved trailer does a reasonable job of laying out the story, without divulging too much information about its twists and turns. However, the new red-band preview better illustrates what separates Boyle’s movie and your average crime-gone-wrong picture: a good chunk of the action takes place inside the dark and fractured recesses of our protagonist’s mind (James McAvoy).

McAvoy (of AtonementWanted and X-Men: First Class fame) stars as Simon, a fine art auctioneer-turned robbery abettor –  who agrees to be hypnotized after he forgets the hiding spot of a stolen painting. That allows Boyle to conjure up rather twisted and disturbing imagery within Simon’s mind, as a hypnotherapist (Rosario Dawson) guides him through the tangled mess of memories and fantasies.

Hence, we get treated to some of the director’s favorite visual tricks – like frame-cutting and jarring cuts – as Simon attempts to piece together a plan to outwit his vicious conspirator (Vincent Cassel) and figure out just what is real, even as “the line between truth, suggestion, and deceit begin to blur.” The trailer footage is as sick and taut as anything Boyle’s made; though, that image of Cassel speaking to McAvoy (with half his face blown-off) is going to be hard to top in the actual film.


The screenplay by John Hodges (Boyle’s collaborator throughout the ’90s) and Joe Ahearne (who wrote the 2001 TV movie upon which Trance is loosely based) looks to take advantage of its dream settings to generate some disturbing and surreal visuals that work on both a surface, as well as metaphorical, level. In terms of the general plot, though, their script might take a more predictable route – which gives all the more reason for Boyle to spice things up with his crazy style.

Trance opens in limited release in the U.S. on April 5th, 2013, which is the same day that Jurassic Park 3D and the Evil Dead remake. So, if you’re not in the mood to revisit Steven Spielberg’s sci-fi classic or watch what is undoubtedly going to be this year’s most disgusting movie, you might want to check if the local arthouse theater is showing Boyle’s picture instead.

Source: Yahoo! Movies