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The Illusionist (2006)

Written By Awir Aditya on Monday, August 10, 2009 | 10:48 PM

Genre: Mystery/Crime/Drama/Romance

Starring: Edward Norton, Paul Giamatti, Jessica Biel, Rufus Sewell

Set in the early 1900's in Vienna, Eisenheim (Norton) is a magician who has developed affections for Sophie, the Duchess von Teschen (Biel). During their childhood, due to their class divide, the two were separated and forbidden to meet. Eisenheim leaves the village to return after many years. He starts performing magic shows and entices the local audience. He soon learns that Sophie is due to marry the Crown Prince Leopold (Sewell) and humiliates him in one such performance. Leopold realises Sophie and Eisenheim's relationship and one night while drunk, appears to have murdered her. Inspector Uhl (Giamatti) and the locals are quite convinced that the Prince was responsible for the murder, but due to his kingly status, nothing can be done. The movie is set against an interesting backdrop and narrates the story well. Be ready for a nice unexpected twist in the end. The story however is not very new, but its the unfolding of the clues and the mystery that makes it very interesting.

Rating: 8.0/10
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