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The Illusionist

63 Ratings: 3.3
A drama movie directed by Neil Burger

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 … see full wiki

Director: Neil Burger
Genre: Drama
Release Date: August 18, 2006
MPAA Rating: PG-13
14 reviews about The Illusionist
review by . December 30, 2009
As good as The Prestige and more....
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 …
Quick Tip by . August 20, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
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
posted in Movie Hype
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" …
Quick Tip by . December 30, 2009
Nothing is as it seems with Norton playing a magician with a mission that could decide the fates of governments! Not bad at all.
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
DVD
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 25, 2007
"The Illusionist" is a beautiful film, artfully designed to seduce lovers of period pieces and high fantasy. It's not particularly deep - nor is it necessarily all that brilliant. But, like any good conjurer's trick, this film is entertaining. The high points are the production design and the acting. Edward Norton and Paul Giamatti speak in weirdly soft tones for much of the film, but they manage to convey a wide range of emotions anyway, and both of them play very compelling characters. I had no …
review by . March 15, 2007
Edward Norton has a habit of acting in movies with twists and turns. This latest flick from 2006 is no exception, and is probably his best role yet. Here, he plays the stage magician Eisenheim, a subtle, humble yet cunning artist who encounters his childhood love, Sophie, one evening at a public performance. Straight away he strives to regain her love and steal her away from the future prince of Austria. The prince however, is no pushover and has the local police chief in his pocket. Eisenheim and …
review by . March 06, 2007
posted in Movie Hype
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 . February 03, 2007
Edward Norton heads up a wonderful cast which includes Rufus Sewell, Paul Giamatti and Jessica Biel in "The Illusionist." It's a wonderful story of just how far a man will go to get back to the love of his life. Norton portrays Eisenheim, an illusionist who has a penchant for bizarre, almost supernatural magic tricks that captivate his audience. As a teen, he falls for a young duchess (Biel). However, he being the poor son of commoners and she being royalty, their love is forbidden and the two are …
review by . January 10, 2007
Steven Millhauser's brilliant little short story 'Eisenheim the Illusionist' is beautifully realized cinematically by Neil Burger who not only adapted the story as a screenplay but also directed with a great flair for the subject. Wisely using the repeated line 'Nothing is what it seems' Burger infuses this dark investigation into the lives of the divided Viennese classes and suggests the crumbling of the Austro-Hungarian Empire with the focus on the illusory magic of one Eisenheim (finely characterized …
review by . November 20, 2006
posted in Movie Hype
`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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