The Illusionist (DVD, 2007, Widescreen)
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- buy-dvds-hereSep 15, 2014by
Unconventional role for Edward Norton
This is a period piece that takes place in the 1800s that has a Houdini feel to it, and Edward Norton pulls off his magic act quite convincingly. At the end of the day, this is a romantic mystery, and is also a nice alternative to the blood and gore options for Halloween. Paul Giamanti is also excellent in his supporting role.
Visually dark, but akin to a sepiatone photograph, it works for this period piece. Well done.
- tigerbaby007112May 29, 2013by
A young boy falls in love with a girl that is way above his social standards along with the art of magic. Although the parents forbid them of seeing each other they cannot be split apart. Until one day they were found together and the boy was sent off. He became a magician and traveled the world. She fell in love with another man, the Crown Prince. The two got engaged but the boy, Eisenheim, finally meets back up with the girl and uses his powers to free her from the royal house in Vienna. This movie is stunning in many aspects. Visually in terms of locations, inside and out, there was great consistency and a nothing seemed strained. The story weaved fluidly through these locations and seemed to make the locales a vital part of the story. Ed Norton and Jessica Biel are superb. The story is fresh and imaginative, very intriguing. Highly recommended.Read full review
- mintex03Jun 03, 2012by
The Illusionist (DVD, 2007)
This is a clever sleuth type movie. As a boy, Eisenheim was the son of a furniture maker and had been trained in the trade. His father made the furniture for the family of the future Duchess Sophie Von Teschen. One day the boy met a traveling magician who imparted several magical secrets to him and inspired his future in illusion. He also dearly loved Sophie, but the old problem of his being the son of a tradesman, and her being a daughter of aristocrats meant that their love could never be. Forbidden to associate, their only possible contact had to be secretive. He made her a special pendant that only could be opened by a secret procedure that only the two of them knew. Discovered together, he had to flee to save his life. After traveling the world, the boy, now a man, returns to 1900 Vienna as the famous Illusionist Eisenheim. By now, Sophie is grown and is the promised future bride of Crown Prince Leopold. He is a cold and cruel man and she doesn't love him, but as is the manner of that time, she has little choice in the matter. Eisenheim's first performance is so spectacular that it is the talk of the town. Many of his illusions are so spectacular that people actually believe it to be magic. On the second performance, Eisenheim asks for a volunteer from the audience to assist. Prince Leopold and Sophie are there, and being something of an amateur sleuth himself, he urges Sophie to go forward and assist, for his own amusement. They both recognize eachother and the illusion is spectacular. Leopold can't figure it out, and invites Eisenheim to the palace for a command performance before a bunch of intellectuals as the means of debunking the illusion. Again at the palace his illusions can't be figured out and in one case, the Prince, in trying to belittle Eisenheim, is himself humiliated. Now, Eisenheim has made an enemy. Chief Inspector Uhl is an honest policeman, but is controlled by the Prince, through promises of a rise in status to the ranks of aristocrat. He is an amateur illusionist himself and he is fascinated by Eisenheim, and through the Prince, ordered to spy on him. Sophie clandestinely meets with Eisenheim. They still are very much in love, but it is impossible. Inspector Uhl reports on her activities to Leopold and he is furious. Eisenheim's illusions are getting better and better, now apparently raising spirits from the dead, and totally captivating audiences with thoughts of supernatural powers. Eisenheim concocts a plan to free Sophie from the Prince's control and to get rid of the madman at the same time. It is a grand illusion that will fake her death and frame him for murder. The plan is set in motion and in an almost slight of hand type of way it works. Chief Inspector Uhl truly believes that the Prince killed her and alerts the authorities in such a manner that the Prince, convinced that he will be convicted and hanged, commits suicide. After all is done, Eisenheim and Sophie leave together, and Uhl, no longer Chief Inspector figures out this latest and grandest illusion. This was a clever and enjoyable movie.Read full review
- gert_downJan 03, 2016by
MUST SEE MOVIE
This movie holds your attention every minute. Great story, great acting. What a surprise ending. Loved this movie.
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- synchronicity27...Jan 20, 2013by
keeps you guessing until the very end
This movie is based on a short-story [from the title credits]. I will certainly be getting a copy of that! This is a romantic story of 2 star-crossed lovers. Taking place in Vienna during Russian imperialism [not unlike the setting for Anna Karenina by Tolstoy] where there was no such thing as a liberated woman. The movie feels like you’re in another world - a surreal one – a fantasy place. It just takes you away and has you craving strudel [lol, maybe that’s just me]. Romance, political intrigue, deception on all fronts will keep you guessing until the very end, and ALWAYS a plus for me!