"The Final Illusion" centers around the last sold out performance of the world renowned magician "Phineas the Magnificent". Phineas's daughter Sarah, having not seen her father in almost 20... See full summary »

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Ryan Hamelin

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Ryan Hamelin (co-writer), Blake Jones (co-writer)
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Kate Finch Kate Finch ... Sarah
Max McGuire Max McGuire ... Phineas
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"The Final Illusion" centers around the last sold out performance of the world renowned magician "Phineas the Magnificent". Phineas's daughter Sarah, having not seen her father in almost 20 years, has arrived at the theater to bring him some important news, tidings that may serve to rekindle the relationship they once shared. Have the intervening years proved too much of a strain, or is there still room for a little wonder in the life of a celebrated illusionist? Written by Anonymous

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English

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11 July 2014 (USA) See more »

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Climbing Higher Pictures See more »
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Far too syrupy and mawkish
2 July 2016 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

There is a great sense of place within this film. We join the vaudeville world to see a woman go to visit with a famous magician on the occasion of his final show. In the following discussion between the two characters we move through the backstage and out onto the front; it is a shot that would have been amazing (and probably impossible) as a single take, but even as it is, it provides an engaging sense of community and spirit. This fits with the lead character and his dialogue, and on this foundation the film is pretty well presented – with a generic but engaging look.

The challenge comes with the other key element of the film, which is the tone it is delivered in. It has this heavily sentimental tone which is enforced onto everything, making it feel overly cloying, and robbing it of any genuine emotion or feeling. From watching hallmark during the daytime, it is clear there is a market for such things, but for me it was just leaning too heavily on the music and basic elements to create this false feeling, rather than letting the characters and dialogue do all the heavy lifting. It does have good elements, but ultimately the push for sentimentality was too much for it to support.


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