Finally Danny Boyle abandoned both life miracle stories (Slumdog Millionaire, good but not worthy of an Oscar) and static pictures to describe feelings (127 Hours, I don’t think there was a movie more boring then this) to return to the action, and describing events showing events.More or less, Trance is just like this, a movie told by the events as Simon (James McAvoy) lives them.
This movie enters in that genre of f*ucked up stories such as Inception and Shutter Island, where we are supposed to feel confused (thanks to the not linear narration) as the protagonist in that moment. This time, differently from Inception (where everything bu the ending was clear) and Shutter Island (the solution was absolutly clear since the trailer), you really feel dizzy and confused, so much that 20 minutes left to the ending you think ?I didn’t understand anything’.
Boyle directs in a very clean way, what’s happening on the screen it’s really clear. All the work to make you feel ‘stupid’ is made by the great editing, which allows to have the fuzzy narration.
By the way, in the end the story is credible and very well realized. Also the movie result fast paced and the atmosphere is different depending by Simon’s feelings: we have frightening moments, tension moment, funny moment and sometimes really horror moments. All this remarks once again the incredible versatility of Danny Boyle.
If you didn’t saw it, watch it. It’s really a candidate for best 2013 movie.
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