Beautiful to look at, not sure about the story
John from Donegal, 07 Jul 2007
I thought this was a very well made film visually. The attention to detail was amazing, the acting was good, especially Paul Giamatti and Eddie Marsan, I was surprised to see Jake wood (Max Branning in Eastenders) had quite an important role.
But I felt that the story let the film down. The ending, with the obligatory 'twist' was pretty obvious from early on, and the overall feel of the film was old fashioned.
All in all I enjoyed it, but felt it could have been done better.
Clever and Intriguing
Mike from Cork, 30 Aug 2007
A well filmed story about an illusionist and his attempt to win back his childhood sweetheart from her fiancé, the soon to be king of Austria. Plenty of twists and turns along the way in what essentially is a love story but with enough of a plot to keep anyone happy. The only thing that could have made this better would have been if Tim Burton directed it, as I feel he would have made it that much darker given that the lead character appears to have supernatural powers!
Ginger from Dublin, 18 Mar 2008
I really enjoyed this film - even watched it a second time before returning it. It had a great twist & the performances were superb. Ed Norton was on fire as usual & I even enjoyed Jessica Biel & thought she looked extremely beautiful, even though I normally find her rather boring & bland & quite ordinary looking. It is one of those films where you want to sit in a darkened room & scan it for every detail as you're watching it - very well made & lots of fun & intrigue.
Joe from Kildare, 11 Sep 2007
Not easy to describe what movie is about without giving away the plot. On the face of it, the troubled times of a 18th/19th cent magician not an over-appealing premise. However, it was really enjoyable, well constructed movie with the proverbial good twist which you tell us after that you saw it coming from a certain distance out. Much more than passable, and in terms of what else is out there, worth renting!
Marion from Donegal, 16 Feb 2011
A film that makes you doubt your own perception of reality. Watched it a second time to catch up with all the little details which take you by surprise. Does the man, the Illusionist, have supernatural powers or is it all a big illusion? The filmmakers tell you, that all the tricks in the film are thouroughly studied and taken from from real illusions. Mindblowing! One of the best films I watched.