DVD review: Trance

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Danny Boyle's hyper-devious thriller begins with James McAvoy's hero-narrator Simon explaining, with a sly wink, how the security system operates in the auction house where he works.

From then on, spoiler alerts are neither here nor there, since the plot keeps switchbacking on us every other minute. Ultimately, though, while there's cinematic mastery here, it's of a decidedly empty sort. The result isn't so much trance as de luxe torpor.