DVD Review: Trance

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Danny Boyle‘s latest, Trance follows fine art auctioneer Simon (James McAvoy) who teams up with a group of criminal partners, led by Franck (Vincent Cassel) to steal a Goya painting worth millions of dollars. After suffering a blow to the head during the heist, however, Simon awakens to discover he has no memory of where he hid the painting. With the help of hypnotherapist Elizabeth (Rosario Dawson), the darkest recesses of Simon’s psyche are delved in to, but as Elizabeth begins to unravel Simon’s broken subconscious, the lines between truth, suggestion, and deceit begin to blur.

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Film Review: 127 Hours

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Based on a true story, 127 Hours is written and directed by Danny Boyle, following Aron Ralston (James Franco), a mountain climber canyoneering alone in the Blue John Canyon in Utah. After meeting two girls on his journey, Kristi (Kate Mara) and Megan (Amber Tamblyn), Aron becomes trapped immovably under a boulder, too far into the canyon for anybody to hear his echoing pleas of help. Without telling anybody where he has gone for the weekend, Aron is equipped only with his self-confidence and a cheap pocketknife that is too blunt to cut through anything of use. Desperately low on water and out of food, Aron must resort to stomach-churning measures in order to survive, doing all he can to relieve himself from the boulder that is slowly taking away his life.

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