The Velvet Café

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Going a match with Trance

with 6 comments

Trance film stillMy top list of 2013 is long overdue, but before I get to work I need to get one more 2013 movie out of my system: Trance.

I had almost forgotten about it, which is sort of fitting since amnesia is one of the themes of this film alongside with art and hypnosis.

I hesitate to say this because the word “forgettable” has a bad sound to it. But it’s not a movie that lingers with you, like for instance Gravity, which has become like a bubble that I keep returning to. I watched it, enjoyed the ride as long as it lasted, and when we were done we were done.

While being a heist movie, it’s also a mindbender, resembling more to a time-travel movie than to a thriller. The timeline is a bit broken and you need to pay a bit of attention to work it all out. Or at least I do. I’m pretty stupid when it comes to complicated puzzle stories and more than once have I left the theatre with a clueless expression in my face, such as in the case of Primer and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. This time I felt smug. I put the clues together and the story made sense. I didn’t walk ahead of the story, predicting thing in advance. But on the other side the movie didn’t outsmart me either. We ended up even.

It won’t go to the history books as Danny Boyle’s most important work. But it was a fun little movie that I don’t hesitate recommending for its pure entertainment value.

Trance (Danny Boyle, UK 2013) My rating: 4/5

Written by Jessica

February 16, 2014 at 1:28 pm

Posted in Trance

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  1. I would imagine you liked Sunshine a whole lot better?

    Sofia

    February 16, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    • Sadly I haven’t had the chance to see it yet. I imagine I’d love it.

      Jessica

      February 17, 2014 at 9:35 pm

      • Whååååååt? Now you managed to give me the surprise of the week ;)

        Sofia

        February 18, 2014 at 6:37 am

  2. Trainspotting and Sunshine are the best movies from Boyle. This one was barley ok.

    http://filmitch.wordpress.com/2013/12/17/trance-2013-storbr/

    filmitch

    February 16, 2014 at 6:09 pm

    • Nah. I liked it more than that! It was ok++. Or plain good. Not brilliant or super super awesome, but good fun.

      Jessica

      February 17, 2014 at 9:35 pm

  3. […] Trance OK, I admit that it was forgettable even if I dislike the word. But it was fun as long as it lasted […]


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