A fictitious account of Harold Houdini. It focuses on a love he has for a woman that claims to be psychic. Unfortunately the film is void of any real engagement or excitement. Zeta-Jones is fine, but never for a single second did I believe she was going to screw over Houdini. Thi...
"Death Defying Acts" is based on the life of Harry Houdini, the fictional tale of how an escapologist fell in love with an Edinburgh woman.
DVD Release Date: October 28, 2008
Stats: 605 reviews
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July 20, 2011
May 12, 2010
Overall this really is a pleasant and enjoyable film, but it is incredibly typical. There is nothing particuarly special about it, nor does it do anything unexpected. It is mediocre to the very end, but at the same time decent to watch. I picked this up because Saoise Ronan was i...
June 28, 2009
I was surprised that I have never head of this film before watching it. Overall, this was an entertaining movie. I enjoyed watching it, even thought there is not too much beneath the surface. This movie was a little drawn out at the end, but still, I thought it was better than...
May 15, 2013fb721890245
This seemed destined for a main stream release and it has all the features of a generally popular film. For some reason, it never got that full Hollywood treatment so only a few of us got to see this mediocre gem with few shining parts.
August 2, 2012
Forget Houdini, this film itself is real magic, because it made cultural distinctions disappear into thin air. As if it wasn't difficult enough to tell the difference between the English and Australians, they go off and co-produce a film together, and as if it wasn't difficult en...
May 22, 2011
The trailer for the film looks really good, but the film itself could have been so much better. The Prestige and The Illusionist were much better films than this one. This one lacks the style that those 2 films had. I think another director could have made this film, to be much b...
December 17, 2010
Interesting viewing which has nothing to do with the real events in the life of the most famous magician Harry Houdini... I'll have to say that the scenographic setup was the best part of this film. The story was intriguing letting us inside the secretive circle of con artists an...
April 24, 2011
The movie is watchable, but no big deal though. I don't know why but I cried at the end of it, it was probably from seeing Saoirse Ronan cry at the end, she's so young and so great already, she was the scene stealer in this movie.
June 1, 2011
Supernatural romantic thriller. The film (a UK-Australian co-production directed by Gillian Armstrong and starring Guy Pearce and Catherine Zeta-Jones) follows the Hungarian-American escapologist Harry Houdini at the height of his career in the 1920s.Despite the beautiful epoque ...
January 5, 2010sayers1977
An enjoyable fim with a nice idea behind it that doesn't quite fulfil its potential. Saying that Guy Pierce is more charismatic here than I have seen him in a while and Tim Spall is always good value for money. Zeta-Jones does a passable Scottish accent but doesn't really bring m...
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