Upcoming Flix Spotlight: Danny Boyle’s TRANCE & Advanced Screening Giveaway

James McAvoy is a bit on an action roll these days. He’s starring in two British crime thrillers out in the same month in the UK. One is Welcome to the Punch, and the other is TRANCE, directed by Danny Boyle. This is Boyle’s first film since the Oscar-nominated 127 Hours in 2010. As you know, he was busy directing the 2012 London Olympics opening ceremony last year.

If you live in the Twin Cities area, register below to get your advanced screening tickets!


An art auctioneer, who has become mixed up with a group of criminals, partners with a hypnotherapist in order to recover a lost painting.

ADVANCE SCREENING TICKETS for Twin Cities Moviegoers!

Advance screening on:
Wednesday, April 10 – 7:30pm @ Landmark Lagoon Cinema

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Seats are first come, first served and the theater is overbooked to ensure a full house – so arrive early!

Boyle worked with Glasgow-born screenwriter John Hodge once again, their fifth collaboration after Shallow Grave, Trainspotting, A Life Less Ordinary and The Beach (interestingly, three of them starred Ewan McGregor). This time, Boyle chose another talented Scot, with Vincent Cassel and Rosario Dawson as McAvoy’s co-star.

Check out the trailer:

Looks like a pretty bloody crime noir judging from the trailer! McAvoy is quoted by DigitalSpy.com about the torture scenes “[It did affect me] a little bit. The torture stuff got to me, actually. It never usually does… I’m usually fine with all that stuff, and love being covered in blood and having my face bashed in, but I felt quite bad about myself for a couple of days on this one.” He added: “It starts as an art heist like ‘Thomas Crown Affair,’ but it’s not really about that. It’s noir-ish at times. There’s an essential idea of crime, but it’s not really about money.”

Thompson on Hollywood also noted that this marks the first time Boyle’s put a woman at the center of one of his movies, which the director himself admitted that they tend to be “boyish.” The article says he likes the film noir femme fatale premise: “Wouldn’t it be scary if a woman behaved even worse than the men?”

Hmmm, I’m certainly intrigued, especially with the talents involved! I just hope it won’t be too violent as much of Boyle’s movies tend to be.

TRANCE opens in limited release in the US on April 5 (Minneapolis release date is April 12).

Well, what are your thoughts on this film? Will you be seeing it?

39 thoughts on “Upcoming Flix Spotlight: Danny Boyle’s TRANCE & Advanced Screening Giveaway

  1. If Boyle’s doing it, I’m interested. Although I have to say Welcome to the Punch has me even more intrigued. Has a favorite of mine Mark Strong in it!

  2. Ted S.

    The film looks interesting so I might rent it. I haven’t seen a Danny Boyle’s film since Slumdog Millionaire. I didn’t want to see James Franco cut off his own arm in 127 Hours.

    1. Yeah, I didn’t see 127 Hours either, but I like a lot of Boyle’s films. I still need to rent Shallow Grave, been meaning to see that in a while.

      1. Ted S.

        I actually didn’t care for Shallow Grave, maybe because it’s first film but I thought the whole premise was pretty stupid and all the characters did a lot of stupid things.

  3. The Trailer looks pretty good, wasn’t a huge fan of 127 Hours but I thought the opening ceremonies for the 2012 London Olympics were excellent! I will have a look-see for sure.

  4. So far Boyle has had good results with screenwriter John hodge an I’m hoping for more of the same here Ruth. They might also be back onboard together for the Trainspotting sequel in two years time. I’m excited as hell about that one. In the meantime Trance will do nicely. I have high expections.

    1. Yeah, it’s good to see two people who’ve done amazing work together collaborating again. I know you’d be thrilled about the Trainspotting sequel, so is Ewan back on board again then?

    1. Wow, all four? Then I think you’d like this one indeed Josh. I can’t believe Boyle hasn’t done a film since 2010, he must be aching for it, ahah.

  5. I’m always interested in what Boyle’s doing so I’ll definitely check Trance out. I’m a big fan of Cassel’s actually. Although the films he’s been in are a little too rough to actually recommend to you. LOL. Irreversible, Dobermann, La Haine, The Crimson Rivers, etc. In fact I first remember seeing him in the little French indie La Haine which was written and directed by Mathieu Kassovitz of Amelie fame. Jodie Foster was so impressed with the film after seeing it at Cannes that she distributed in the US through her newly formed production company Egg Pictures.

    And to think he gets to go home to Monica Bellucci every night. Jeez.

    1. Ahahaha, your last line had me in stitches, Dave! Jealous much? πŸ˜‰ Yeah, I like Cassel too, he’s got a unique look about him that’s very suitable for bad guy roles. Even he said recently he doesn’t like playing good guys, ahah.

  6. The comments made by McAvoy and Danny Boyle make me want to watch this more than the trailer. It’s interesting to notice that all of his films have been decidedly male-oriented, most of the time I don’t think about that (though I should).
    More meaty roles for women in film!!

    1. I agree Niels, I’m more intrigued by their quotes too. Yeah, that’s cool that Boyle followed Pixar’s footsteps and give women more prominent roles πŸ˜€

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