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Say what you like about Danny Boyle, if you watched this film, 127 Hours, Slumdog Millionaire, Sunshine and Trainspotting all in one day, there wouldn't be many clues they were all made by the same guy.

James McAvoy is Simon, an art dealer who begins by narrating what it takes to carry off the perfect art heist and then finds himself in the middle of the robbery of a priceless Goya by thief Frank (Cassell).

Before long it turns out Simon is in cahoots with Frank and his gang, but even after they torture him he can't tell them where he hid the painting thanks to a blow to the head by Frank that wasn't part of the plan and has blanked his memory.

They take him to a hypnotist, the svelte Elizabeth (Dawson), who proceeds to try and dig up the memory of where Simon hid the painting from his psyche.

All very cut and dried, but from there Boyle's motion-oriented sense of movement takes over just as the first layers of crazy are peeled back, and suddenly Simon (and the audience) has little idea what's real and what's not.

Scenes repeated with different characters and the visual motifs of glass everywhere add to the confusion, and there's a pervasive sense of threat and sexual tension, which seems to be what Boyle was going for.

After a few more viewing it seems like it would make sense in wrapping everything up, but some of the finer details escape you first time around. Just sit back and let Boyle take you on his bloody, often funny rollercoaster.

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