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Dawson solid but can’t save convoluted ‘Trance’

Rosario Dawson and James McAvoy star in the intentionally confusing “Trance.”
Rosario Dawson and James McAvoy star in the intentionally confusing “Trance.”
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“Trance,” director Danny Boyle’s attempt to step into Christopher Nolan-esque mind-bending territory, contains elements from most of his previous films. Characters break the fourth wall and address the audience directly, as in “Trainspotting.” The film’s visual style is sleek and shiny and energetic, like in “Slumdog Millionaire.” Good guys and bad guys keep switching hats until you don’t know who to trust, as in “Shallow Grave.” And in its final third, “Trance” finally collapses into ...


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