Thursday, October 03, 2013


Rating : 6/10
Release Date : March, 2013
Time : 101 minutes
Director : Danny Boyle; Writers : Joe Ahearne, John Hodge; Music : Rick Smith
Starring : James McAvoy, Vincent Cassel, Rosario Dawson, Danny Sapani, Matt Cross, Wahab Sheikh

James McAvoy and Vincent Cassel make the film watchable, but only just…

There is a daring theft of a painting from an art gallery, with James McAvoy as an insider, part of the gang which has stolen it. Only problem is he has forgotten where its hidden. And with conventional medicine proving inadequate (a bit too quickly), hypno-therapy with the delectable Rosario Dawson is tried out. With some unexpected effects.

There is a bit too much mumbo-jumbo, the film goes completely off-track in the middle, becoming unrealistic and keeping viewers attention only by resorting to some nudity and sex. Vincent Cassel is excellent as always, James adds life to the proceedings (kind of like his role in Wanted) and the others do their job decently. Rosario is probably the weakest link – pouts a bit too much, looks old, haggard in parts…

The painting itself, Francisco Goya’s 1798 Oil on canvas ‘Witches in the Air’, the one that’s stolen, is stunning…one can understand why everyone goes to such lengths to get it back. That and its multi-million pound price tag…

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