Whether you’re a fan of British cinema, or a fan of anything unique and lively, Danny Boyle is a director that always brings something new to the table. Case in point is the recent Trance trailer, which does a great job of getting everyone excited for the latest release from the rather successful director of Slumdog Millionaire.
So what is Trance? To put it simply, Trance follows a fine art auctioneer (played by James McAvoy) as he attempts to recover lost memories to find a lost painting. But this is a Danny Boyle film, so it’s never that simple. Throw in a criminal gang and a hypnotherapist (played by Rosario Dawson) and you have a much deeper, and occasionally darker film.
Lively, fast-paced and spectacular
Trance, if the trailer is anything to go by, is nothing short of lively, fast-paced and spectacular. This looks like Boyle at his best. Its edgy, urban and modern, yet isn’t just an art piece. For all its spectacular camera work and adrenaline-fuelled footage, there’s a gritty story lying underneath.
Story-wise, it looks set to provide a fresh twist on the urban gangster films known in British cinema. One could easily look at the likes of Snatch, Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and any other Guy Richie film as prime examples. Yet, even though it’s centred on a stolen art piece, this isn’t RocknRolla. That was just gangsters fighting gangsters. With Trance, Boyle adds a much more human element.
Whether it’s the art auctioneer who respects the work, or the hypnotherapist, there seems to be a much more human and emotional theme running throughout. Like a true piece of art itself, sometimes you need to look at it from more than one angle. It combines the emotional and human aspects that Boyle brings to any film with a genre and story that needs new life.
Trance looks set to be a big hit. It’s undeniably British and it’s undeniably Danny Boyle. With a core cast of James McAvoy and Rosario Dawson, the film boasts a large amount of acting talent. Likewise, the cast also includes Vincent Cassel, playing the interesting role of Franck.
Trance hits cinemas across the UK on the 27th of March.