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The Illusionist (DVD)
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The Illusionist (DVD)
Advantages: Good Performances
Disadvantages: Quite Short
How Does He Do That? (Film Only Review)
Eisenheim (Edward Norton) is an expert magician, wowing audiences with his incredible illusions. Illusions that are so amazing that some believe that real magic is involved. His Illusions are not the normal kind of magic tricks they are so amazing some are even seen as spiritual.
In his younger days he meets an aristocrat's daughter Sophie, but they are forced apart. Years later when performing he has a change meeting with her and finds out she is due to marry the Emperor's (Rufus Sewell) son.
The temperamental Emperor is jealous of Eisenheims' skills, desperately trying to work out how he does his tricks. Eisengeim is keen to re-aquant himself with his old childhood flame.
The Chief of Police (Paul Giamatti) is torn between his loyalty to the Emperor and his will to do the right thing.
The Illusionist is a beautifully filmed movie, set in Vienna in the late 19th century. It is basically a love story, a tale of forbidden love knows no bounds. The illusions he performs are quite amazing, if only magicians were really this good, even today. The whole film has a rustic feel to it, the pace is quite slow but never boring. Director Neil Burger would appear to have a good career in front of him.
Edward Norton is perhaps best known for his role in Fight Club. His performance here is more understated, of course this is intentional as he is supposed to be a mysterious character. He is certainly a good actor when he gets a decent role. He should really stay away from films like the Italian Job.
The love interest is provided by Jessica Biel, an up and coming actress, she is not a show stealer but is well cast in this role.
Rufus Sewell is good as the bad guy, he doesn't have a great deal of on screen time but what he does have he uses well. You really want him to get his comeuppance. He acts how you would expect a would be Emperor to, very full of himself and ruthless.
The show stealing performance however must go to Paul Giamatti as the Chief of Police, he is a cool customer and very believable on screen.
The plot of the film is quite thin, just enough to justify the relatively short length of the film (by today's standards). However, there is quite a good twist at the end.
If you are looking for a good magic inspired film then you could do worse than this, however I would definitely recommend The Prestige over this film.
Main Cast List
Edward Norton ... Eisenheim
Paul Giamatti ... Inspector Uhl
Jessica Biel ... Sophie
Rufus Sewell ... Crown Prince Leopold
Running Time : 110 Mins.
Directed By Neil Burger
Certificate : PG
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Summary: A Good Film, Not Amazing