Even with only a single preview, Danny Boyle‘s Trance is looking to be one of this spring’s best offers. The anticipation over seeing a kinetic, fractured, and altogether wild heist film is only heightened by a red band trailer, itself not a huge reveal of anything new — except for the film’s violent content. This is one director who can handle graphic scenes with a perfect balance of shock value and tonal grace, something that, I think, is coming across in just a few quick pieces. One shot stands out, in particular, and you’ll know what I refer to the second it appears.
Watch the trailer below:
Simon (James McAvoy), a fine art auctioneer, teams up with a criminal gang to steal a Goya painting worth millions of dollars, but after suffering a blow to the head during the heist he awakens to discover he has no memory of where he hid the painting. When physical threats and torture fail to produce answers, the gang’s leader Frank (Vincent Cassel) hires hypnotherapist Elizabeth Lamb (Rosario Dawson) to delve into the darkest recesses of Simon’s psyche. As Elizabeth begins to unravel Simon’s broken subconscious, the lines between truth, suggestion, and deceit begin to blur.
Trance opens on March 27th in the U.K., followed by an April 5th release in the U.S.
Does this trailer alter any expectations regarding Boyle’s next work?
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