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Danny Boyle’s Trance is all twists. It starts off as a caper picture narrated by art auctioneer Simon (James McAvoy), who lays out the complex precautions involved in protecting paintings like the Goya about to be sold for tens of millions — shortly before a crew of well-­informed thieves bursts in and spirits the masterpiece off. The opening montage alone confirms that Boyle is our greatest living shallow director. Every high-speed shot is from a different, canted angle: up, down, sidelong, with different depths of field. But there is no discontinuity — there is no continuity to be dissed. His pieces are all of a piece.Among the many tricks of Trance is that you’re never sure who the hero is. ­Simon is slippery, and Franck (Vincent Cassel), the head of the gang of thieves, is all sleek Gallic menace. When the painting is stolen from them that stole it, »


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