By Ryan Parsons | Image property of Yari Film Group.
If you didn't think the trailer for The Illusionist gave you a good sense of the film, Bob Yari has responded by releasing the first six minutes.
The Illusionist Trailer
The first six minutes should actually be called the first three minutes considering that half of the clip's running time is dedicated to the opening credits. The credits, which are cool and old school, seem to go on forever. Once past those, however, we encounter Edward Norton sitting center stage.
The one thing that you will take away from the first six minutes of The Illusionist is the incredible cinematography. The dark hues, brown overlays, and high contrast make the film look gritty but crisp. I especially dig the use of the high contrast in scenes such as the extended hallway full of dead animals.
What's the story? Well, without taking a peak at the synopsis the video would suggest that Eisenheim the Illusionist is a thorn in the kingdom's side; though we still aren't told why.
The Illusionist is a romantic mystery about a brilliant stage magician in 1900 Vienna determined to win back the woman he loves from a corrupt and dangerous Prince. When they decide to escape together, a police inspector exposes their plans and the woman is found murdered. As the police work to stop him, Eisenheim must summon all his extraordinary power to prove the Prince guilty and bring down the monarchy.