- Cast: James McAvoy, Rosario Dawson, Vincent Cassel, Tuppence Middleton, Lee Nicholas Harris, Danny Sapani, Wahab Sheikh, Ben Cura, Hamza Jeetooa, Sam Creed, Gioacchino Jim Cuffaro, Alex Roseman, Matt Cross, Kelvin Wise, Kimberly Barrios, Shonn Gregory, Seelan Gunaseelan, Kostas Katsikis, Simone Liebman
- Director: Danny Boyle
- Writers: Joe Ahearne, John Hodge
- Producers: Danny Boyle, Christian Colson
- Associate Producer: Diarmuid McKeown
- Executive Producer: Bernard Bellew
- Art Direction: Denis Schnegg
- Casting: Gail Stevens
- Costume Design: Suttirat Anne Larlarb
- D.O.P.: Anthony Dod Mantle
- Editor: Jon Harris
- Makeup: Christine Blundell
- Music: Rick Smith
- Production Design: Mark Tildesley
- Set Decoration: Dominic Capon
A fine art auctioneer mixed up with a gang joins forces with a hypnotherapist to recover a lost painting. As boundaries between desire, reality and hypnotic suggestion begin to blur the stakes rise faster than anyone could have anticipated.
- Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
- Filming Locations: London, UK
- MPAA Warning: Sexual content, graphic nudity, violence, some grisly images, and language
- Production Budget: $15 million
- Production Companies: Pathé, Cloud Eight Films, Decibel Films, Film4
- Production Schedule: September 2011 - December 2011
2013 Guide Analysis: "This remake of Joe Ahearne's 2001 British telemovie takes "Slumdog Millionaire" filmmaker Danny Boyle back to his dark, sexy thriller routes which we last saw in the 1990s with the likes of the great "Shallow Grave". Originally developed as a Michael Fassbender vehicle, it was rising British star James McAvoy who ultimately secured the lead role.
Due to Boyle's commitment to last year's Olympics opening ceremony, actual shooting on this film was done in the last few months of 2011. As soon as it wrapped, Boyle put the footage away and spent eight months doing the Olympics ceremony. Once that was over, he got to work on editing and post-production on this film ahead of its UK opening this coming March.
McAvoy plays a fine art auctioneer named Simon who works for an underworld boss called Franck (Vincent Cassel). They plot the theft of a Goya masterpiece from a major public auction. When Simon double-crosses the gang during the robbery, Franck knocks him unconscious.
In the aftermath, Simon claims the injury has left him with no memory as to where he stashed the artwork. Franck is forced to enlist a charismatic hypnotherapist (Rosario Dawson) in a bid to get Simon to talk. As they journey into Simon's psyche the boundaries between reality and suggestion begin to blur.
Starting out as an art heist thriller, Boyle has said that it "develops into something sleeker and more psychological, with twists and turns ... I wanted to do an updated noir, give it a contemporary spin in terms of emotion. Noir is usually cold. I wanted it to be more emotionally charged."
Boyle adds that this is the first time he has "put a woman at the heart of a movie." It's almost a chamber piece with only the key characters and no one else involved - "Their only point of reference is to each other. There are no outsiders." The trailers look outstanding, and the film contains plenty of graphic nudity, sex and violence to keep everyone happy."