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Danny Boyle's follow-up to his Olympics triumph is a frantic art-heist thriller that falls well short of Hitchcockian subtlety

What do you do for an encore once you've captured the nation's heart and blown its mind with a stunning Olympic opening ceremony? How do you follow dropping the Queen from a helicopter?

The answer, for that uniquely talented director Danny Boyle, is to change tack with a high-concept psychological heist thriller, headspinning in its ambition. It's a film about the mind and its mysteries, with something of Christopher Nolan's Inception and Memento and a little of the London gangland-locale of David Cronenberg's Eastern Promises. It's a movie with a witty and intriguing starting point and I wanted to like it, this being virtually my patriotic duty. But Trance is a disappointment: a strident, chaotic, frantically overcooked film with an almost deafeningly intrusive ambient soundtrack. There is some embarrassing, »

- Peter Bradshaw

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