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The Illusionist
2006
 
With his eye on a lovely aristocrat (Jessica Biel), a gifted illusionist named Eisenheim (Edward Norton) uses his powers to win her away from her betrothed, a crowned prince (Rufus Sewell). But Eisenheim's scheme creates tumult within the monarchy and ignites the suspicion of a dogged inspector (Paul Giamatti). Set in early 1900s Vienna, this lush period drama from writer-director Neil Burger earned an Oscar nod for Best Cinematography.
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Drama, Indie, Romance
 
Filmed well, but Edward Norton felt like the only really charismatic actor in the cast - Jessica Biel in particular seemed weak. The plot was rather slow and subdued, making The Prestige a much more enjoyable and interesting film choice.
 
Pretty good movie. Came out the same time as The Prestige and is also about magicians, but was more low budget. Also had a surprise ending, but the way they showed it to you was so fast and dull; I nearly missed the explanations.
 
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