Start with director Danny Boyle of "Trainspotting," "Slumdog Millionaire" and "127 Hours" fame. Add writer Aaron Sorkin, writer for "The West Wing," "The Social Network" and "Moneyball." Give them the iconic Apple co-founder Steve Jobs as their subject, embodied by the accomplished Michael Fassbender, and it all seems a match made in heaven or, in this case, a grueling disappointment.
Gleefully convoluted, director Danny Boyle's "Trance" invites second-guessing from its opening scenes to its last. Simon, who works at the high-end London auction house, directly addresses the camera, explaining security strategy. Seconds later, the heist of the multimillion-dollar Goya "Witches in the Air" kicks the plot into high gear.
Danny Boyle, of Best-Film Oscar Slumdog Millionaire fame, knows how to infuse energy and dynamic propulsion into a story, even though this one would defy credulity were it not based on a real incident.