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January 11, 2007

The Illusionist - 6

Having seen The Prestige first, I had the feeling of a bit of deja vu (I would have probably liked this one better if I had seen it first). This film is also a period piece about a magician, but in this case it it more of a love story/mystery than a competition for being the best. Edward Norton plays Eisenheim, the illusionist, who has been separated in his teens by the class system from his true love, Sophie (Jessica Biel, who is making a name for herself after a somewhat bad start). Inspector Uhl (Paul Giamatti) is the narrator trying to uncover the magic, and the mystery. A well made film by director/writer Neil Burger, that tells it story well and efficiently (It doesn't waste time trying to set up the film).

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