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The Illusionist (2006)

Cast: Edward Norton, Edward Norton, Paul Giamatti, more...
Director: Neil Burger, Neil Burger
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Studio: 20th Century Fox
Genre: Drama, Suspense/Thriller, Romance, Costume Drama/Period Piece
Running Time: 109 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish
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A supernaturally talented magician attempts to undermine the rigid social structure of turn-of-the-century Vienna by using his powers to win the love of his upper-class, childhood sweetheart in director Neil Burger's cinematic adaptation of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Steven Millhauser's short story. Though the ill-fated childhood romance between cabinetmaker's son Eisenheim (Edward Norton) and upper-class Sophie von Teschen (Jessica Biel) eventually resulted in the heartbroken young man leaving Austria to explore the world, his dreams of one day reuniting with the beautiful duchess never faded. Upon returning to Vienna 15 years later as a talented and renowned illusionist, Eisenheim's hopes of a reunion seem dashed when he learns that Sophie is currently engaged to the Crown Prince Leopold (Rufus Sewell). As the tensions between the Eisenheim and Leopold elevate, urbane Chief Inspector Uhl (Paul Giamatti) finds his sympathy toward Eisenheim growing, despite his formal obligations to the powerful prince. ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Interesting, but flawed. by Vaschellie May 25, 2007 - 6:27 AM PDT
3 out of 3 members found this review helpful
I was really looking forward to seeing this because I'm always impressed with Edward Norton, but unfortunately this film missed the mark in several places. The only truly passionate character seems to be the Prince, and while not in a good way, the rest of the characters seem muted. Along with that, there are several glaring plot holes that make the wrap up at the end unbelievable. I hate to make comparisons, but if you're trying to decide which movie to watch, watch the Prestige instead.

smelling wigs in the theater by KJoan March 22, 2007 - 9:12 PM PDT
0 out of 5 members found this review helpful
I still don't understand all of it, and I have seen this movie twice, once in the theater. I will see any movie Ed Norton is in. Jessica Biel is flipping hot. Worth seeing.

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