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.
Simon suffering from amnesia and trying to figure out everything part reminds of Memento. The hypnotherapy part where Elizabeth and gang are in his memories reminds of Inception. Elizabeth asking him questions during hypnotherapy is similar to scenes from the movie Under Suspicion.
The movie is very intriguing and interesting up until the climax but then the final twist totally ruins the movie. Spoiler Alert: The movie changes from a heist thriller to one more Sleeping With the Enemy remake.
James McAvoy is very good as Simon. Rosario Dawson is good specially in the hypnotherapy scenes. Vincent Cassel’s character reminds of a character he played before in the movie Derailed. Danny Boyle’s direction is very stylish and the cinematography is very good. Background music is good too.Tags: Danny Boyle Exclusive James McAvoy Member Reviews Movies You Watched This Month Movies You Watched This Week Reviews Rosario Dawson Trance Vincent Cassel