Review in 140 words or less: Trance

Trance movie, Danny Boyle, James McAvoy
Blurred Lines: James McAvoy in Trance.

Boyle’s Foil
Rating: *

Trance is a film that’s destined to leave you confused. It’s not long until you realize that Danny Boyle has hijacked your mind, and has ultimately robbed you from a good film.

You are introduced to Simon, an art auctioneer who also moonlights as a mastermind in Franck’s brawny gang of thieves. When a painting (stolen by Franck under the guidance of Simon) goes missing, all fingers point to Simon who now suffers from amnesia. Couple this with the presence of a foxy hypnotist (Rosario Dawson in her wake up call), a number of sexual references, a handful of Inception-styled mumbo jumbo, and voila! You have Trance. The film serves as a comeback vehicle for Dawson who is in need of a second chance. But, you never really realize that as Boyle has you captive. Even James McAvoy didn’t realize that.

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Review: Slumdog Millionaire

Dev Patel and Freida Pinto in Slumdog Millionaire
Dev Patel and Freida Pinto in Slumdog Millionaire

From the slums of Bombay began a boy’s pursuit of happyness and the one girl he loved

Slumdog Millionaire (R)

Director: Danny Boyle

Cast: Dev Patel, Irffan Khan, Anil Kapoor and Freida Pinto

Rating: ***


Being an Indian, I gave the film a close observation as a critic. I learnt that Americans love exploitation. No wonder, the film won a lot of awards.

Introduction:

Daniel Boyle’s directorial ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ is fully shot in India as it is about India, to be perfect, it is about the exploitation which covered India in the 80s and still ruling on. We’re talking of the Bombay Mafia, drugs, prostitution and money madness. Boyle might have probably done his best in directing this British production on Indian soil.

The past couple of months have been whizzing past with everyone talking about the film. The film winning the ‘Audience Choice Award’ when it premiered at Toronto International Film Festival and front-running the Golden Globes and the Academy Awards.

Synopsis:

It is a usual rags-to-riches tale about three – Jamal Malik, the protagonist, Saleem Malik, Jamal’s brother and Latika. It also stars Anil Kapoor and Irffan Khan who are prominent Bollywood actors. The film was highly criticized by Indian critics and audiences as it painted India in a bad light. But, the movie is a must-watch as it is a movie which can secrete certain feelings inside you. What we see throughout the film is the protest of the three who do their best to stand on their own feet and not being ruled over. Salim Malik acts as the eldest one and commands the other two. Jamal’s quest is fully in search of his brother and Latika. The time spent on Latika is comparably less as she is either plugged to the emotional scenes or let lost in imaginations.

Technical Issues:

Technically sound, the film has enormous visuals and clinching editing. Rahman’s music is the biggest bonus for the film. The adapted script is neat and the plot device is convincingly Latika as that keeps Jamal and Salim away which also results in their unison and hence, Jamal again finds Latika, loses her and again finds her.

Casting:

Dev Patel as Jamal Malik has done a neat task as per his director’s wishes and carries a fine performance in scenes of emotions and action.

Freida Pinto as Latika is the next glam doll for the nation. She is now popular in all web search engines. Her name appears alongside several most-searched names.

Climax:

Slumdog Millionaire is a movie which is not to be celebrated or coronated. It is a movie just like Big Fish and Seven Pounds. It is to be felt by us – the viewers. Danny Boyle’s direction, Rahman’s music, the acting infuse a certain feeling that when you see ‘Jai Ho!’ roll up in the end; you begin to celebrate that you’ve felt India from the 80s to the present age.

Slumdog Millionaire is worth a watch. Danny Boyle proves that he is the best.