This was weird - a pretty bad movie with a half-decent ending.
Ed Norton was flat and his accent was laughable. Paul Giamatti carried this flick but... alas.
Set in early 20th-century Vienna, a stage magician uses his magic to win back the great love of his life from a brutal enemy, her fiance, who is also the powerful crowned prince of Austria.
Directed by: Neil Burger
Release Date: August 18, 2006
DVD Release Date: January 9, 2007
Stats: 34,276 reviews
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May 1, 2007
November 12, 2013
September 16, 2013
Similar, but ultimately different from The Prestige, this is a moody and gorgeous romantic drama with magical overtones.
Set near the end of the 19th Century in Vienna, this is a fictional tale based on a short story that inserts itself into some fictionalized retellings of actu...
June 16, 2012
what if they made a twilight zone episode as long as a movie, and then didn't tell you that that's what it was...then you would have this movie: mysterious, romantic, childlike and wondrous. a not-too-chick-flick chick flick. cloaked in the velvet musical tapestry of Philip Glas...
May 11, 2012
Its funny, you don't see any films about magicians then all of a sudden two pop up in the same year, how does that work? We had the same deal with 'Dante's Peak' and 'Volcano' also 'Armageddon' and 'Deep Impact'...weird huh.
Anyhow this magic show is period set as is 'The Presti...
March 9, 2012
A patient movie that rewards viewers with an interesting mix of murder, mystery, and magic all in one. It's been a while since I've seen this movie but as I could remember from it, its a completely different beast compared to "The Prestige", but yet almost as entertaining.
November 4, 2011
This film gets better every time I watch it. At the time of it's release it was compared so much with The Prestige (and vice versa) that I don't feel I judged this as a film in it's own right.
Norton plays slick, intelligent and mysterious and gives yet another solid...
November 1, 2011
This one was hampered by the fact that it came out about the same time as The Prestige, another period piece built around the troublesome world of prestidigitation. Both are entertaining but formulaic and rather forgettable.
October 8, 2011
I would probably have been a lot more impressed by The Illusionist if I had seen it before I saw The Prestige. I had a taste for really intricately plotted fare about duelling magicians, which is a mistake to expect from this particular work: it's a love story about a magician pu...
August 14, 2011
One of two magic-themed films from 2006, "The Illusionist" is easily less exciting than its counterpart, Christopher Nolan's "The Prestige". Though well-acted and watchable for its length, the film is hardly interesting until its brief, semi-unexpected conclusion. Relying on simi...
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