Trance — An engaging psychological thriller
Even one week after watching the movie, the title track and some other soundtracks of this movie are still playing on my laptop, and in my mind. And his five words — “this is not the end”.
The story of this movie is simple. A person suffering from trauma due to the death of his close loved ones gets a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to fulfill his dream of becoming a prominent public speaker and influencer, and address a crowd of thousands. He takes up this ethically questionable opportunity perhaps because he has nothing to lose, and nobody to live for. He excels during his training and the movie begins to take flight from the first sermon that is highly arousing due to the background music and his storytelling skills and immense energy levels. There is no turning back and the movie delivers many crazy moments filled with energy and arousing music. I was so hooked throughout the movie that perhaps I was in trance, maybe.
Fahadh Faasil’s role in this movie made me his lifelong fan — he is too good. He is so good that I would like to pay to attend his miracle-creating events live (that he does with exceptional conviction in the movie). The way he talked to himself in front of a mirror and the way he air-clapped to motivate himself that it still feels thrilling. His transformation from Viju to Pastor Joshua takes his passion and energy levels to a whole new intensity and with every next miracle-creating event it keeps getting more intense such that in the final event it just explodes and I become like the people dancing, cheering and yelling with joy in the crowd.
The “trance” of this movie lasts much longer than its 2 hour 50 minutes run-time. It falters due to some plot-holes in second-half but it is easily eclipsed by its strong visuals, its arousing music and its overall production quality that makes this movie a unique sublime cinematic experience.
He speaks in a certain tone — “this is not the end”. These five words are quite inspiring given the context of the movie. And I wish it wasn’t the end when he speaks these words towards the end of the movie. Hopefully, they decide to create its sequel to honor his five words.
This is probably the craziest movie I’ve watched this year. You can join in the experience by watching this movie on Amazon Prime.