Death Defying Acts

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Released 2008

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Director:
Gillian Armstrong
Released:
2008
Rating:
PG
When famous escape artist Harry Houdini (Guy Pearce) arrives in Edinburgh and offers a $10,000 reward to anyone who can contact his mother from beyond the grave, a beautiful but deceptive psychic (Catherine Zeta-Jones) and her young 'sidekick' daughter (Saoirse Ronan) take the challenge. As Houdini spends time with this mysterious woman, he is beguiled by her charms, and what begins as a con evolves into a far more complicated and dangerous affair. The film is written by Tony Grisoni and Brian Ward and directed by award-winning director Gillian Armstrong.

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  • 70

    Los Angeles Times

    Far more diverting and well crafted than its promotion-free release campaign might suggest. Then again, for a film largely based on the notion that "nothing is what it seems," such...

  • 40

    Variety Dennis Harvey

    A handsome contraption that's never very engaging, let alone convincing.

  • 30

    The New York Times Neil Genzlinger

    Ms. Zeta-Jones is too elegant for the lowlife she's supposed to be, Ms. Ronan isn't endearing enough to be a ragamuffin, and, under Gillian Armstrong's direction, never for a minut...

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