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.
Prequels are tough to do well since viewers have the advantage of 20-20 hindsight and the origins are challenged to live up to established reputations. In a prequel's favor, in this case X-Men: First Class, is the keen interest in how characters met, got their names, moved from friendship to enmity, and gained stature.