Sunday, 17 February 2013

James McAvoy: 'Welcome to the Punch' screening and QA, plus 'Trance' trailer

Welcome to the Punch + Q&A with James McAvoy
3 March, 2013 at 5:45 pm
BFI, London

Eran Creevy’s second feature brings together a superb British cast for this high-octane thriller.
With James McAvoy, Mark Strong, Andrea Riseborough, David Morrissey, Peter Mullan

Courtesy of eOne Momentum
After his highly acclaimed, micro-funded debut, Shifty (2008), writer-director Eran Creevy’s second feature brings together a superb British cast for this high-octane thriller. Jacob Sternwood (Strong) is forced out of hiding when his son is hospitalised, presenting detective Max Lewinsky (McAvoy) with one last chance to put this notorious criminal behind bars. However, as Lewinsky draws in on his target, both he and Sternwood find themselves entwined in a conspiracy that runs much deeper than their own conflict.
Source: BFI

Danny Boyle's 'Trance': James McAvoy Blows Minds, Literally...and Gorily — NSFW Trailer
James McAvoy in Trailer for Danny Boyle's 'Trance'
And now for something completely crazy: the trailer for Danny Boyle’s upcoming hypnotism/art-world thriller, Trance (in limited release April 5). The Slumdog Millionaire director seems to be creating a psychotic hybrid of Inception and The Thomas Crown Affair in which James McAvoy plays a sap who undergoes hypnosis by a scheming Rosario Dawson.
He’s either hypnotized into unwittingly helping Dawson and her fellow baddies steal a painting or he’s undergoing a second round of hypnosis to unpack and recover memories from a heist he’s already had purged from his consciousness. If you ask us, McAvoy’s cryptic response to whether he’s ever submitted to hypnosis before—“Uh, no, at least not that I can remember”—favors the latter interpretation. Either way, Boyle is abandoning his Slumdog and 127 Hours Oscar-bat schmaltz and heading back into nasty, gnarly Shallow Grave and Trainspotting territory. Blood spurts. Fingernails are ripped out. Nubile bodies are on display. And people can still talk even after having half their noggin blown off. (Be forewarned, that list image, occurring at the 1:12 is really grisly.)
Thought that Boyle couldn’t get any crazier than when he had a Mary Poppins army battle a giant, inflatable Voldemort at the Olympics Opening Ceremony last summer? Looks like he’s topped himself.

Check out this slightly NSFW (courtesy of the bloody mayhem) clip:


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