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The Illusionist

A drama movie directed by Neil Burger

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As good as The Prestige and more....

  • Dec 30, 2009
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Like Morpheus said in the Matrix," What is real? How do you define real?" Well I'm here to tell you that after you see this movie you'll be asking yourself that very same question, The Illusionist is dark, mysterious, taunt, intelligent,complex, breath taking and enchanting. It's a film for the ages.

When I first saw The Illusionist I was kind of skeptical. I kept thinking that Neil Burger had ripped off The Prestige and created his own version of it. But after seeing it I was immensely surprised at how much the two films differed, The Illusionist(While not as Taunt or as sinister as The Prestige.) Had the great feel of a masterpiece and yet the humbleness of a beautiful piece of art done by an anonymous painter. It's lavish scenery and dark colors make it a real visual treat, but the true feel of the movie comes out in the way it is preformed. It moves along so gracefully and skilfully that you almost feel like your right there alongside the characters living out the story as it plays out, It's a great feeling that few films have captured or mastered for that matter, but the Illusionist does it and it gives you one wild show for your money. All in all this was nothing short of true, unflinching brilliance.

Edward Norton(Who needs to get an Oscar.) delivers one of the best and most brilliant and dark performances of his career. He plays his character with such grace and morbid style he brings a true sense of dark justice and humbleness to a rather bland character and makes him something to admire and watch. Paul Giamatti(who is an actor who I've liked for a long time.) gets to spread his wings and show his true worth in this film as the intelligent and very inept Inspector. Rufus Sewell(who has only made one other movie I like. Dark City.) Does fantastic in this and is really almost a scene stealer, his angry attitude and calm demeanor makes him a force of nature in this film. But none the less the fantastic cast gives off some serious and potent power in this dark and sinister period piece.

The Illusionist is like The Prestige in one way, you need to pay close attention,but not too close, to the story as it is laid out in front of you. Because I can tell you that this film has so many twist and turns you won't know which way to go in the end. It's a great film, with fantastic energy and a mind blowing story and finale. Now I have just one question for. Were you watching closely? Because nothing in this film is quite what it appears. Nothing.
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October 22, 2010
Loved this movie right here, also "Had the great feel of a masterpiece and yet the humbleness of a beautiful piece of art done by an anonymous painter" is such a great way to describe this. Well Done Indeed
January 02, 2010
Agreed that Norton's a great actor and that the rest of the cast is impressive as well. I'm surprised that you gave a film that you apparently liked a 3 because 3 is just an average rating on a 1 to 5 scale.
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Quick Tip by . August 20, 2010
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this movie didnt get much box office attention but i picked it up in a bargin bin and i really like it....the story line is really compelling and dramatic.
Quick Tip by . August 13, 2010
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Smart, enjoyable, and quite surprising at the end, The Illusionist will appeal to anyone with an affinity for mysteries, magic, or Edward Norton (What? He's awesome!)
Quick Tip by . June 04, 2010
Eh, it was all right. I felt like it was a rip-off of The Prestige.
review by . December 24, 2008
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It's odd, but in the year 2006 there were two major motion pictures to feature stories about magicians and/or illusionists. The first film was The Illusionist, while the second film was The Prestige. In my humble opinion The Prestige is a superior film mainly because of the film's technical execution under the watchful eye of director Christopher Nolan.    But I digress.    The Illusionist is a surprisingly engaging suspense film with strong supernatural or "fantasy" …
review by . April 29, 2009
The movie opens with Richard Norton on a stage in late 1800's Austria performing some sort of magic trick when a group of soldiers bursts in to arrest him. The rest of the movie is a "flashback" leading up to that scene. We find Norton's character as a boy coming across a mysterious man by a tree. You don't know if Norton actually met him or imagined him as the guy disappears. Norton has an interest in magic and his character meets a well to do girl who he becomes friends with. The two …
review by . February 11, 2009
It is 1900 in Vienna, and the Chief Inspector (Paul Giamatti) is telling the story of a peasant boy who was once the secret playmate and love of little Countess Sophie; they planned to run away together, but their plan was discovered and they were separated. The boy traveled the world and learned the secrets of magic, returning home as "Eisenheim, the Illusionist" (Edward Norton). He is reunited with the Countess (Jessica Biel) again, quite by accident, during one of his shows and they resume their …
review by . March 06, 2007
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Others have discussed the plot of the movie, so I won't bore you with minutia.    The Illusionist is an exquisite love story (a genre I'm not normally fond of) and supernatural mystery. (Is it supernatural...or is it an illusion? That question is part of what makes this movie so alluring.)    With the amazing ability to morph into any character, Ed Norton is one of America's finest actors (remember his turn as a mentally/physically challenged man in The Score--or …
review by . November 20, 2006
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`The Illusionist' provides great, old-fashioned fun. Much like `The Prestige,' it is a magician's movie that requires the audience to keep their eyes on the subject. This time the titled `illusionist,' Eisenheim (Edward Norton) is at the top of his form, but instead of wanting fame and fortune like the magicians in `The Prestige,' he keeps his eyes on the duchess, the love interest of the Crown Prince Leopold (Rufus Sewell). At one point his fame gets him invited to an affair held by the Crown Prince, …
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First screened in Europe and scheduled for limited release in the U.S.,The Illusionistoffers welcome proof that "arthouse" quality needn't be limited to the arthouses. Set in turn-of-the-century Vienna, this stately, elegant period film benefited from a crossover release in mainstream cinemas, and showed considerable box-office staying power--granted, teenage mallrats and lusty males may have been drawn to the allure ofSeventh Heavenalumna Jessica Biel, who rises to the occasion with a fine performance. But there's equal appeal in the casting of Edward Norton and Paul Giamatti, who bring their formidable talents to bear on the intriguing tale of a celebrated magician named Eisenheim (Norton) whose stage performance offends the Crown Prince Leopold (Rufus Sewell), a vindictive lout who aims to marry Duchess Sophie (Biel), Eisenheim's childhood friend and now, 15 years later, his would-be lover. This romantic rivalry and Eisenheim's increasingly enigmatic craft of illusion are investigated by Chief Inspector Uhl (Giamatti), who's under Leopold's command and is therefore not to be trusted as Eisenheim and Sophie draw closer to their inevitable reunion. Cleverly adapted by director Neil Burger from Steven Millhauser's short story "Eisenheim the Illusionist," and boasting exquisite production values and a fine score by Philip Glass,The Illusionistis the kind of class act that fully deserved its unusually wide and appreciative ...
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Director: Neil Burger
Genre: Drama
Release Date: August 18, 2006
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 1hr 49min
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