Review: Trance

In his latest film Trance, award-winning Director Danny Boyle did what he does best. Brilliant actors, unforgettable music, and mesmerising visuals – Boyle conducted an orchestra and the result: perfect harmony.


In this psychological thriller, art auctioneer Simon (James McAvoy) is being chased by Franck (Vincent Cassel) after being accused of stealing a valuable painting. Simon suffers from amnesia and the only hope in recovering the painting is through hypnotherapy. Rosario Dawson’s portrayal as a hypnotherapist makes you forget she is an actress.

From a simple case of theft, the story unfolds much like a maze without a definite end. Each secret leads to another and just as people get better at lying, it seems Boyle is a master of deception. The Oscar-winning director of Slumdog Millionaire does not disappoint but instead presents us with another one of his accolades, an addition to his ever-expansive repertoire of films of such exceptional quality.

Writers Joe Ahearne and John Hodge should be commended for the script is ingeniously penned whilst the twists and turns were rather fresh, original and quite unexpected. Haunting musical scores offers a modern vibe whilst enhancing the mysterious aura of the film. When a fusion of extreme emotions is involved, it is never easy or simple to ask an actor to perform their role but all three main actors no doubt exhibited their character’s depth and complexity.

One cannot pinpoint the gem in every scene but that’s not at all a bad thing; in fact, quite the contrary.  Meticulously selected music, cinematography with intricate details and illusorily authentic human emotions creates a seamless masterpiece of suspense-drama.


A Glimpse: Mental Health Nurse

Sexy British accent, tall, skinhead. Quite entertaining and has a good sense of humour.

Paul has 2 dogs and lives in a 4-acre land, he moved to Australia 10 years ago.

Pitch: Nurses are more in-demand in other countries especially Europe. Travelling to foreign countries is highly probable unlike being a psychologist.

To the Work Experience Girl:

Being a psychiatrist takes a lot of time but it might be worth it.  Knowing how to speak other languages is just fantastic. You have your whole life ahead of you. You have your whole life to decide what you want to be! You seem to be driven, motivated and sensible, which is really great. You can change your mind anytime. Somehow it all works out because each pathway leads to another.

His job: Seeing the big picture and satisfying the patient’s needs by coordinating the appropriate health professionals.

Dream job: He would be a psychiatrist in a heartbeat because he does not like the guts and blood of medicine.

His piece on Psychology: Thoughts=Behaviour