Overall Rank: 839
Average Rating: 2.9/4
# of Ratings: 430
Theatrical Release Date: 08/18/2006
Genre: Drama, Mystery
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Director: Neil Burger
Actors: Edward Norton, Paul Giamatti, Jessica Biel, Rufus Sewell, Eddie Marsan, Aaron Johnson
Plot: In Vienna around the turn of the century, fantastic magician uses his abilities to get the love of a woman.
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Matthew Brady - wrote on 02/21/2014
In Vienna around the turn of the century, fantastic magician uses his abilities to get the love of a woman. This was a alright film that I will never watch again.
Ivana - wrote on 08/03/2013
A mix of intrigue, magic, romance and supernatural mystery beneath a dramatic context, this movie is beautiful above sad. I did not find any new or fresh property, but I would say the scenery and the cast, become the film in a sweet caress to my eyes.
mitchellyoung - wrote on 07/28/2012
If there's one thing that can be said for the Illusionist, it's that it's a very beautiful film, full of poetic moments and carefully composed shots. The script itself falls a little flat, as the characters fade into the background as more twists and turns are added into the plot. It bears comparison to the Prestige, but it's really a different type of film and, sadly, not nearly as impactful, either thematically or character-wise.
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MovieAddict - wrote on 05/05/2012
Once upon a time a peasant boy (Edward Norton) and a princess (Jessica Biel) fell in love. The boy was driven away, only to return an accomplished magician, with the wonderful skill of creating illusion. There he finds his old love and also discovers that she is going to marry the unpleasant Crown Prince Leopold (the amazing Rufus Sewell). They are in love, but can they ever be together? Ed Norton is magical and mysterious in a good way and Paul Giamatti put on an excellent performance playing the Chief Inspector.
The movie is set in Vienna which is hauntingly beautiful fits with the story really well. Brilliant cast, great plot that sucks you in, breathtaking photography and the costumes glowed with authenticity. The story has enough twists and turns that keeps you wondering what is …
Yojimbo - wrote on 02/10/2012
An illusionist meets his childhood sweetheart again while she is consort to the crown prince and they plan to elope together, but when she is murdered the grief stricken magician appears to conjure up the spirits of the dead. The first thing that strikes you about The Illusionist is its sheer beauty; shot in a way that harks back to the silent era combined with a lush, deep palette of warm colours it is truly stunning to look at. The story itself is a very Holmesian mystery that combines a whodunnit with elements of the supernatural and attractive costumes and solid performances all round add to its elegant atmosphere. The plot tries a little too hard to be a Victorian Usual Suspects, the twist a little obvious and rather eminiscent of an M. Night Shyamalan project but I would have to …
Daniel Corleone - wrote on 10/03/2011
Eisenheim the Illusionist (born Eduard Abramovich) falls for Duchess von Teschen (Jessica Biel). There forbidden relationship due to social class has been a problem for them. Chief Inspector Walter Uhl (Paul Giamatti) tries to solve the murder of the Duchess. Crown Prince Leopold (Rufus Sewell) tries to shut down the shows of Eisenheim. It had some funny moments and the cinematography was elegant. Unfortunately, the screenplay wasn't that convincing. The role of Norton just didn't stretch his abilities and Biel's character just wasn't that interesting. Some nice quotes: Eisenheim - "From the moment we enter this life, we are in the flow of it [the time]. We measure it and we mark it, but we cannot defy it. We cannot even speed it up or slow it down. Or can we ? Have we not each …
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