A Filmster Double Quickie: Trance & 42


Release Date: April 12, 2013

Review Date: April 14, 2013

Director: Danny Boyle

Starring: James McAvoy, Vincent Cassel, Rosario Dawson

The Filmster Rating:

Good,But Rating

Synopsis: A fine art auctioneer mixed up with a gang joins forces with a hypnotherapist to recover a lost painting. As boundaries between desire, reality and hypnotic suggestion begin to blur the stakes rise faster than anyone could have anticipated. – IMDb

Review: Trance is a good crime thriller with an intriguing plot but the big reveal at the end felt surprising but underwhelming at the same time. The film is paced very well and the plot of using hypnosis to regain someones memory was quite entertaining. Add to that Danny Boyle’s artistic style, and it gives the film a great look. Unfortunately, it is when you get to the end when things get a bit far-fetched and head scratching. The film does portray some unnecessary violence and vivid nudity by Rosario Dawson. It was a site to see but I didn’t see the purpose in it. The acting was solid all around with James, Vincent and Rosario. Trance resembles the film Inception, but it fails in comparison. Overall, its a good film but it outsmarts itself at the end that leaves you with a frustrating feeling.

Blogger’s Thoughts

“Nowhere near Boyle’s best flick, especially considering what it is that we’ve seen from him in the past decade or so, but Trance is still him at his most-entertaining and most-pleasant where he toys with a genre we see and feel like we see so much of nowadays, plays with it’s conventions, and always keeps us guessing until the final scene.” – Dan The Man’s Movie Reviews

“Trance is by no means a bad film. It’s fun and frenetic, but it’s also largely forgettable, which is not a criticism often attached to Boyle’s films.” – Terry Malloy’s Pigeon Coop


Release Date: April 12, 2013

Review Date: April 14, 2013

Director: Brian Helgeland

Starring: Chadwick Boseman, Harrison Ford, Nicole Beharie

The Filmster Rating:

Grand Rating

Synopsis: The life story of Jackie Robinson and his history-making signing with the Brooklyn Dodgers under the guidance of team executive Branch Rickey. – IMDb

Review: 42 succeeds in delivering in the story of an American legend with great performances. Chadwick Boseman surprisingly does a great job playing Jackie Robinson and delivers at every crucial moment and makes us believe into his portraying of the legend. Also another nice surprise was how good Nicole Beharie who played his wife. Both of them showed great chemistry as the happy couple. Harrison Ford gives a valiant performance as the owner Branch Rickey, and for the most part stole the show. The racial tension wasn’t overly done but effective to where you felt Robinson’s pain and be aspired by his will and resiliency. The only thing I would have wanted was a little more about his life especially his youth and later in his career. Nonetheless, it is a great told story for a true legend that should inspire many.

Blogger’s Thoughts

“It didn’t do anything overly remarkable, in my opinion, but with the power of the given subject and two strong performances from Boseman and Ford, it didn’t have to.” – Fogs’ Movie Reviews

“42 isn’t the definitive-movie about Jackie Robinson’s life on, and off the field, but it’s still supported well by a perfectly-casted group of stars, a script that shows us the harsh realities of the man’s life, while also the bright spots of it as well, and also throw some inspiration at us. Not a home run by any means, but at least a ground rule double.” – Dan The Man’s Movie Reviews

Comments are much appreciated. Thanks for reading.

13 responses to “A Filmster Double Quickie: Trance & 42

  1. Thanks for the shout out here! I agree about the nudity in Trance. I mean, don’t get me wrong, Rosario Dawson is a pretty lady but it did feel pretty unnecessary. It was as if that whole part of the storyline was supposed to play a bigger role but they decided against it.

  2. Nice reviews… I didn’t plan on seeing either of these on the nig screen and you haven’t really made me change my mind!

    As an aside, I’m british, but I really don’t see what the fuss is about Danny Boyle. I did love both Shallow Grave and Trainspotting – and I’ve seen him talk live and he’s a great guy, really inspiring – but his other film haven’t ever really done anything for me.

  3. I’m a little unsure of seeing Trance. I like Boyle’s older work, but I wasn’t keen on his newer movies like Slumdog Millionaire and 127 Hours. Nice reviews.

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  5. My only complaint of ’42’ is that April movies too often get forgotten by award season. And this definitely is one that shouldn’t be forgotten. I plan on a second screening once I get my spouse in tow. Fine look at both of these, Issy.

  6. “Trance resembles the film Inception, but it fails in comparison.”

    Isn’t this the truth, and I can’t help but make the comparison myself. Still though, despite its flaws, I found it to be an enjoyable flick. Nice review. :)

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