It's a very cool piece of filmmaking -- as it has to be, given the intellectual sleight-of-hand that lies at its heart. Yet it succeeds as both great entertainment and an absorbing rumination on the dangers of playing God.
A sleight-of-hand thriller set in Britain's Victorian era where magic was mysterious and performing it precarious, the film is a dark and aggressive emotional roller coaster that challenges the imagination.
If movies are among our greatest, most enduring vehicles for illusion, then a movie about dueling illusionists should, in theory, offer that same sleight of hand--only amplified. In this case, it does.
Há filmes que se tornam ainda mais fascinantes quando revisitados, já que o fato de sabermos seus segredos oferece leituras novas e surpreendentes; em outras palavras: o que era mera surpresa transforma-se em rica ironia dramática. é o caso deste longa.