If you think what we do is worthwhile, please donate or become a member advertisement The Illusionist PG - 5. Edward Norton stars as a magician performing in Vienna with great success, during the final years of the 19th century. Swept up in a rekindled love affair that if discovered may lead to their doom, the magician's ability to create illusions may be the only thing that will save them. Also with Paul Giamatti, and Eddie Marsan.
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After his ill-fated childhood romance with upper-class Sophie goes awry, Edward leaves Austria to explore the world. When he returns to Vienna 15 years later, he is no longer an adolescent, but a talented illusionist known as Eisenheim. His hopes of a reunion with Sophie take a blow when he discovers she is engaged to temperamental Crown Prince Leopold. Their paths cross soon enough, however. As Eisenheim continues to pursue the beautiful duchess, the volatile situation threatens to spin out of control. Therefore, extreme caution is advised for adults.
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The resulting film, though beautiful, displays some of the pitfalls that might result from adapting a five-page short story into an almost two-hour feature film for middle America. The film is set in a gorgeous turn-of-the-century Vienna — a city populated by cleaned-up, velvet-clad WB stars and a talented illusionist who manages to ruffle some monarchial feathers. Norton is stellar as Eisenheim, perpetually toeing the line between enchanting and unsettling. He commands both the Viennese stage and the silver screen, first with a sauntering bravado and then — as his prospects for success begin to look dismal — a series of gaunt scowls and progressively creepier illusions. Biel, whose very name on the cast list threatens disaster, actually manages to keep it together fairly well: At times the vagary of her expression passes for mystery, at others it reads like abject confusion.