Trance comes out on Blu-ray and DVD on Tuesday (July 23rd). I have not seen it yet, but the movie looks interesting. It’s about a fine-art auctioneer that loses his memory and a $27 million Goya painting (oops). It stars James McAvoy. Thanks to Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, I’m giving away the Trance Blu-ray on my movie blog. Read on to find out how to enter.
From Academy award-winning director Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire) comes an “exhilarating brain-twister” (New York Post). After a blow to the head during his attempted robbery of a $27 million Goya painting, Simon (James McAvoy, X-Men: First Class), a fine-art auctioneer, awakens to find that the painting — and his memory — are missing. Forced by his ruthless crime partner Franck (Vincent Cassel, Black Swan) to undergo hypnosis, Simon enters into a deadly love triangle with his seductive hypnotist (Rosario Dawson, Sin City). As the plot twists, the line between reality and dream becomes blurred in this fast-paced, unpredictable, “sexy and suspenseful” (Empire) thriller.
According to the press material, Trance is full of twists and turns in the plot as multiple layers of backstabbing occur. It isn’t easy to to make sure that the twist is unpredictable, but when it is done right, double-cross heist films make great additions to movie history. Below are some of fans’ favorite twisty-turny heist films.
Top Heist and Double-Cross Films
A series of unexpected changes puts the police close on the trail of Neil McCauley and his crew as they plan yet another bank robbery. After a brutal beating to the crew, only a few are left to carry out the plan. McCauley goes through a lot of difficulties and even develops a mutual understanding with Lieutenant Hanna. In the end, this heist may prove to be too difficult and could be the last string for the crew.
The Bank Job
Terry, Kevin, Dave, Bambas, and Guy thought they had it made when they were given the chance to rob a London bank for millions. The job seemed simple enough for the crew, who made plans to dig a tunnel and empty the bank’s safety deposit boxes. Things got a little more complicated once they realized one of the boxes held scandalous photos of British Royalty, Princess Margaret. Through a series of twists and turns, members of the crew were tracked down and only a few made it out alive.
Jake Hoyt had no idea what he was getting himself into when he started his first day of work as a narcotics officer. His new partner, Detective Alonzo Harris, has planned to steal millions of dollars from a drug dealer and save himself from the Russian Mafia. Alonzo may have surprised the audience with his scheming, but in the end a plot twist leaves the money in the hands of Jake.
Back from retirement, Nick Wells plans to steal a scepter and complete one final heist. He teams up with another robber, Jack Teller to complete his plan. It turns out that Jack and Nick do not make such a great team. Both the robbers become selfish and want the scepter for themselves. In the end, Nick has much more experience and is one step ahead of his partner in crime.
After The Sunset
Max Burdett and his wife Lola promised to retire from the business forever and moved to a tropical island. An FBI agent who had been trying to convict the couple for years followed them to the island, but unknowingly became friends with the retirees. When a cruise ship with a large diamond is scheduled to visit the same island, the stone is taken by a well-planned heist. In the end, the diamond ends up in the hands of the person who is least expected after a few series of back-stabbing situations.
Thanks to Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, a reader of my dad blog will win the Trance Blu-ray. The winner will be randomly selected. The deadline to enter the giveaway is Tuesday, July 30th (Eastern time). The giveaway is limited to readers in the USA. If you don’t see an entry form below, please wait for the Rafflecopter giveaway form to load (or refresh the browser).
[Disclosure: I did not receive anything for hosting this contest. The giveaway prize will be provided by Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, but they are not the administrators of the giveaway on my dad blog. I am not liable for the prize. As always, the opinions expressed are mine and I am not obligated to write a positive review.]