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FILM DETAILS
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Cast
Jessica Biel
Edward Norton
Paul Giamatti
Directors
Neil Burger
Screenwriters
Neil Burger
Running Time
110 minutes

The Illusionist
Ponderous love story/mystery that boasts with Ed Norton as the eponymous magicman.


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The Illusionist

Plot
In early 20th century Vienna, budding magician Eisenheim (Norton) falls in love with a girl above his social rank (Biel). Separated for years, they reunite when Eisenheim is a celebrated illusionist and his young love betrothed to a jealous Crown Prince (Sewell), who's not keen on losing his future wife to a trickster.


Verdict
It’s not on a gasp-inducing making-the-Statue-Of-Liberty-disappear level, but with its opulent presentation and confident storytelling, The Illusionist has the power to keep an audience rapt like a good old-fashioned card trick.


Reviewed by Olly Richards

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