Friday, April 12, 2013
Those that know me or regularly read my blog know that Danny Boyle is among my favorite directors. Whether he's making crime films ('Shallow Grave', 'Trainspotting', 'A Life Less Ordinary', 'Millions'), adventure ('The Beach'), horror ('28 Days Later'), sci-fi ('Sunshine'), romantic drama ('Slumdog Millionaire'), intense drama ('127 Hours'), live theater ('Frankenstein'), or the opening ceremonies of the Olympics, you can always be assured you're going to see something different, well made, and worth seeing. Plus, if you ever get a chance to see him speak in person (which I've been fortunate to do three times), he's consistently inspiring and passionate about filmmaking.
And, as usual, his latest project, 'Trance' is completely different than anything he's done before, and anything I've seen before. The premise of the film is an art heist. But while I love art heist films, this one isn't really about the heist itself but rather the lost memories of the heist. It's a twisty, violent head trip of a British crime film centering around the mysterious art and science of hypnosis, featuring great performances by James McAvoy, Rosario Dawson, and Vincent Cassel. Similar to 'Inception', you really need to pay close attention if you even want a shot at being able to follow it, particularly towards the end. I can't say it's all crystal clear for me, but I look forward to seeing it again later this year. And it's surely one of the best of the year so far.