Trance: Film Review – Get Bewitched

Verdict: The stellar cast, high octane performances, and spectacular filmmaking will leave you in awe.

Directed and produced by Anwar Rasheed under the banner Anwar Rasheed Entertainments, Trance traverses through the life of Viju Prasad, a motivational speaker with a dark past. Written by Vincent Vadakkan, the film features Fahadh Faasil in the lead supported by a line up of talented artists including Nazriya Nazim, Dileesh Pothan, Vaughan Vasudev Menon, Chemban Vinod Jose, Vinayakan and many others. A major highlight of the movie is that Amal Neerad and Resul Pookutty are part of the crew in the roles of a cinematographer and a sound designer respectively. Praveen Prabhakar has handled editing while Jackson Vijayan and Sushin Shyam have scored the background music and the former has composed music as well for the film.

What’s Trance About:

Viju Prasad (Fahadh Faasil) is a motivational speaker in a small city in Tamil Nadu. His brother’s death changes his life and mind completely. He befriends two businessmen, Solomon (Gautham Vasudev Menon) and Isaac (Chemban Vinod Jose), who offer him a fantastic job opportunity. Viju Prasad now becomes Joshua Carlton and the rest of the movie is about this transformation, how religion is brutally sold and the state of the human mind.

What Works:

Fahadh Faasil, over the years, has proved how spectacular an actor he is and Trance is yet another feather in his cap. In fact, Viju Prasad aka Joshua Carlton is one of the best performances in his career to date. After Bangalore Days, Nazriya pairs up with Fahadh in Trance and delivers a power-packed performance. She has left her usual girl-next-door image behind and essayed something different, and it’s refreshing to watch. Soubin Shahir, Sreenath Bhasi, Gautham Menon, Vinod Jose, Dileesh Pothan, Vinayakan – everyone has given terrific performances. The first half of the film is terrific, all thanks to Fahadh and his brilliant act. Sushin Shyam and Jackson Vijayan with their pumping background score keep the pace of the movie fast. Also, Jackson’s music blends well with the scenes and theme of the movie. Amal Neerad creates mesmerizing scenes with his camera. Anwar Rasheed has created a masterpiece out of Vincent Vadakkan’s powerful writing. Trance talks about two major aspects that most people dare not to touch – religion and mental health – and gives you a very important message on both. Overall, Trance is a must-watch.

What Could Have Been Better:

Though the first half is terrific, second half gets slightly dramatic and loses the pace. However, it still entertains you and keeps you on the edge of your seats until the very end.

Why You Should Watch:

Trance has everything to offer – brilliant performances, a strong plot, beautiful visuals and everything you wish to watch on the big screen. Watch it for Fahadh’s stellar performance. Book your tickets now and get ready to drift into Trance.

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