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Feature Audio Commentary by Writer/Director Neil Burger
The Making of The Illusionist Featurette
Jessica Biel on The Illusionist Featurette
Video: Widescreen 1.78:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Audio: English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English, Spanish
Run Time: 109 min
Synopsis from DVD Cover:
Unlock the mysteries of the year's most spellbinding film from the producers of Crash and Sideways! Oscar« nominees Paul Giamatti and Edward Norton lead an all-star cast in this "stunning" film (USA Today) that conjures an exhilarating blend of suspense, romance and mind-bending twists. The acclaimed illusionist Eisenheim (Norton) has not only captured the imaginations of all of Vienna, but also the interest of the ambitious Crown Prince Leopold (Rufus Sewell). But when Leopold's new fiancÚ (Jessica Biel) rekindles a childhood fascination with Eisenheim, the Prince's interest evolves into obsession...and suddenly the city's Chief Inspector (Giamatti) finds himself investigating a shocking crime. But even as the Inspector engages him in a dramatic challenge of wills, Eisenheim prepares for his most impressive illusion yet in this "mesmerizing" (Entertainment Weekly) and "beautifully acted" (Good Morning America) film that "teases you until the very end!" (The New York Times).
2006 pumped out two films about magic, creating comparisments between "The Illusionist," and Christopher Nolan's "The Prestige." While "The Illusionist" seems very plain in relation to "The Prestige," the film is filled with clever plot twists, great acting and beautiful cinematography.
Edward Norton portrays an extremely gifted magician (with a bad accent), residing in Vienna in the early 1900's. When his childhood love comes back into his life, he becomes determined to destroy her fiancÚ, the royal crown prince, and in the process undermine the stability of the royal house of Vienna.
While the story progressed nicely, and kept my interest, there were a few moments where the scenes made me laugh at the ridiculousness of what I was watching. I'm referring to the magic in the movie. Outside of the one trick that is revealed to us, every other trick was not a trick at all, but actual magic. A little bit of realism would have strengthened this movie, instead of expecting the audience to just accept the fact that Norton's character is performing nothing more than a clever slight of hand.
Outside of that, the film was enjoyable and unpredictable, and well worth the watch.
Edward Norton is a great actor and he once again proves that he can carry a picture of any genre. The features are limited, which is always disappointing for a film about magic. But the beautiful cinematography and the interesting story should be enough to add this film to your collection.