The new red-band trailer for Trance shows a side of Danny Boyle that we haven’t seen in his recent movies. Every film that Boyle has made has been interesting and worth watching, but fans of his early Trainspotting may have found little to like in Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours, Sunshine and Millions.

Trance movie posterTrance, which stars James McAvoy, Rosario Dawson and Vincent Cassells, displays a fierceness and horrifying sensibility that we haven’t seen in Boyle’s work since 28 Days Later, his great zombie movie from 2002, and a hallucinatory quality that may remind some of Trainspotting.

McAvoy plays a fine arts auctioneer who helps a criminal gang steal a prized painting worth millions of dollars. Then he gets hit in the head and loses his memory. He can’t remember what he did with the painting. The gang boss (Cassells) hires a hypnotist (Dawson) to help him remember.

From this trailer, however, it looks like the trance she puts him under isn’t quite like any other hypnosis sessions I’ve seen on film.

The movie, which is rated R (sexual content, graphic nudity, violence, some grisly images, and language, opens April 5.

Official Synopsis: Simon (James McAvoy), a fine art auctioneer, teams up with a criminal gang to steal a Goya painting worth millions of dollars, but 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 Frank (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 lines between truth, suggestion, and deceit begin to blur.

James McAvoy in 'Trance'

Rosario Dawson in 'Trance'

Vincent Cassell in 'Trance'

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