New ‘Trance’ Trailer Questions the Reality of Its Crime

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Let the mind games begin! In Trance, mild-mannered art auctioneer Simon agrees to help boost a famous painting for a gang of thieves. When the painting goes missing right under everyone’s noses, Simon agrees to undergo hypnosis in an attempt to remember where the masterpiece was stashed. As he struggles through a labyrinth of memories layered over fantasies, Simon must figure out the truth before his employers eliminate him.

Danny Boyle (127 Hours) directs Trance from a script by Joe Ahearne (Doctor Who) and John Hodge (Trainspotting). The film stars James McAvoy (X-Men: Days of Future Past), Rosario Dawson (Sin City: A Dame to Kill For), and Vincent Cassel (Black Swan).

Trance Rosario Dawson New Trance Trailer Questions the Reality of Its Crime

While not as direct in spelling out the plot as Trance‘s first trailer – or as gruesomely compelling as its second, red-band preview – this newest trailer layers on a thick coat of doubt as to the trustworthiness of any of its characters. Dawson’s hypnotherapist takes on an air of femme fatale menace and Cassel’s crime boss questions whether his fearful reputation is justified or simply a hypnotic illusion. Who is lying, and for what agenda?

As has been mentioned on Screen Rant before, Trance is something of a return to a earlier, grittier form for Danny Boyle. This trailer even emphasizes this by listing Shallow Grave (Boyle’s first thriller) as one of the director’s major credits. Certainly, this and previous previews highlight Trance as one of the more promising lo-fi thriller offerings to open in coming months.


Trance will open for a limited run in the US on April 5th, 2013.

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  1. I was lucky enough to see this at a preview in Leeds, UK, on Tuesday and it is brilliant. Although there are twists and different perspectives of the same event, I found it to be thrilling and more cohesive/satisfying than Inception (which is the closest comparative film that springs to mind)

  2. Everything Boyle does is brilliant. Can’t wait!

  3. Sound like it has more of a Memento feel than Inception, but either way it’s still Nolan-esc in it questioning of the audiance.

    Sounds interesting and one to look out for.