Underworld, 'The Heist,' ('Trance,' 2013)
Boyle's latest film, a twisty, mind-bending thriller starring James McAvoy and Vincent Cassell as art thieves and Rosario Dawson as a mind-bending hypnotherapist, begins with a high-octane art heist, scored by Boyle's frequent collaborator, Rick Smith (who also supervised the music for the 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony). "Because of the nature of hypnotism, which lures you into a sleepy state, there's a danger the film gets somnambulant and you doze off. It was up to Rick to try and score these trances as you go deeper but not make the audience fall asleep. So the instruction with Rick was always to really drive it. There are these reassuring counterpoints with songs by Moby and a bit of fun with Bowie sampled by U.N.K.L.E., but there are twists, which I don't want to spoil, so Rick's score was really about propelling you through this gathering darkness. And then Rick wrote a song at the end with Emeli Sandé, who worked with Rick in our Olympic opening ceremony. It's a love song, a Hollywood ending after all the darkness, to give you a little hope in the end."