Illusionist, The

A magician in turn-of-the-century Vienna who falls in love with a woman well above his social standing. When she becomes engaged to a prince, the magician uses his powers to win her back and undermine the stability of the royal house of Vienna.(imdb)

An "entertaining let down" is the best way to describe this film. Although slightly bored and a bit monotonous this film's tricks and illusions are where the films true magic lies. That and maybe some well played roles by Ed Norton, Paul G., Jessica Beil, and last but not least my friend and yours the main character from "Dark City".

I say an entertaining let down because despite the film's disappointment of an ending and lagging 2/3 you are still captivated by filmmaker and magicians ability to create and ploy illusions of seemingly impossible proportions.

If you want my opinion...go with your instincts and wait for "The Prestige". This is an average movie with potential but unfortunately Nolan's shadow looms too heavy on our old friend Smoochy.

Reviewed by: shea