Friday, March 02, 2007

The Illusionist (2006)


With a German poolboy's accent and screen presence, Edward Norton creates CGI-assisted optical illusions and wows turn-of-the-century Vienna. But really none of his fame and fortune can satisfy the void left by his first love - taken from him before he reached puberty and brought back over a decade later in the stacked shape of Jessica Biel, promised though she may be to a powerful and psychotic aristocrat. After all this time and volumes of acquired wisdom, muses Norton, "The only mystery I have never solved is why my love for you can never stop." It's how he talks throughout the movie.

wr/dir: Neil Burger
cast: Edward Norton, Jessica Biel, Paul Giamatti, Rufus Sewell, Eddie Marsan


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