Academy Award winning director Danny Boyle crafts a wildly twisting mind puzzle exploring identity, madness and perception via the altered state of hypnotic trance. Between the razor-thin lines of our dreams, desires and darkest impulses, our everyday realities vanish, leaving only the question of who or what can be trusted.
In ‘Trance’, Simon (James McAvoy), a fine art auctioneer, teams up with a criminal gang to steal a Goya painting worth millions of dollars. 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 Franck (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 line between truth, suggestion, and deceit begin to blur.
Falling into ‘Trance’
Fresh off his Oscar-nominated film ‘127 Hours’, Olivier Award-winning stage production of ‘Frankenstein’ and the triumphant 2012 Summer Olympics Opening ceremonies, ‘Trance’ returns Boyle (‘127 Hours’, ‘Slumdog Millionaire’, ‘SUNSHINE’) to the territory that kick-started his visionary filmmaking career. In his directorial debut, ‘Shallow Grave’, Boyle mixed ink-black humor, psychological thrills and hard-edged style in a story of friends pushed to intense levels of paranoia and deceit. Now with ‘Trance’, Boyle dives back into the heart of extreme human behaviour, this time taking audiences on the journey into the fluid, enticing, unreliable world of the subconscious.
Boyle worked closely with screenwriter John Hodge — with whom he collaborated on ‘Shallow Grave’ and then on the acclaimed and shocking black comedy about Scottish junkies, ‘Trainspotting’ – on a screenplay that melds dangerous seduction and electrifying action in a suspense filled spiral.
In tackling the material, Boyle saw a chance to update classic film noir themes – betrayal, moral uncertainty, sexual tension and the lurid instincts that seem to lurk beneath every human’s skin into a modern context. He was also excited to bring a fresh take to the iconic femme fatale, with the character of Elizabeth Lamb, the beautiful hypnotherapist who proves to be every bit the equal of the men playing power games around her.
“I wanted to try and update the whole noir idea. I wanted to occupy that world but in a modern context.” Boyle explains. “At the same time, because the mind is such an interesting thing for film to explore, we wanted to do a little walk-about around all these big questions about consciousness and unconsciousness and which is in control. You might think you’re in control of everything, but there are areas where you’re not. Some part of you knows, but your conscious mind doesn’t know what you’re even going to say next! That fascinates me.”
CAST: James McAvoy, Vincent Cassel, Rosario Dawson
DIRECTOR: Danny Boyle
FILM: Silent Hill: Revelation 3D
For years, Heather Mason (Adelaide Clemens) and her father Harry (Sean Bean) have been on the run, one step ahead of dangerous forces she does not understand.
Now, on the eve of her 18th birthday, plagued by terrifying nightmares and her father’s disappearance, Heather discovers she is not who she thinks she is. The revelation leads her deep into a demonic world that threatens to trap her in Silent Hill forever.
‘Silent Hill: Revelation 3D’ is based on Konami’s acclaimed survival horror video game franchise, but the film takes audiences beyond a mere adaptation with a storyline ideal for the big screen. Although it is a sequel to the first film (‘Silent Hill’, directed by Christophe Gans in 2006), this new instalment stands on its own for new audiences.
“The Japanese creators of the ‘Silent Hill’ games have drawn deeply from film masters of the horror genre in order to achieve the games’ great visual and emotional wealth,” says producer Samuel Hadida.
“This quality has undoubtedly contributed to their huge success as one of the strongest performing game franchises ever.
Christophe Gans’ adaptation in our first film was an extraordinary homage to the games and the genre. This time I wanted this new experience to become a bridge between the fear felt when playing the game and the tension experienced at the edge of one’s seat in a theatre.”
CAST: Adelaide Clemens, Kit Harington, Radha Mitchell, Sean Bean, Deborah Kara Unger, Carrie-Anne Moss, Malcolm McDowell
DIRECTOR: Michael J. Bassett