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"The only person who could change the story of his life...was the father he never knew."
  • PG-13
  • 2004
  • 1 hr 46 min
  • 7.2  (488)

Illusion is a 2004 drama film starring legendary actor Kirk Douglas in his final starring role. Directed by Michael Goorjian, who also stars in the film, it tells the story of a retired movie director who revisits his past and struggles to come to terms with his life's choices. The film opens with the character of Donald Baines (Douglas), an aging and disillusioned former Hollywood director who now spends his days watching films in his opulent home. After suffering a heart attack, he is visited by his estranged son Christopher (Goorjian) who has come to care for him during his recovery. The two have a strained relationship, with Donald resenting Christopher for following in his footsteps and becoming a filmmaker himself.

As Donald's health improves, he begins to experience vivid dreams that take him back to his youth and his days working in Hollywood. In these flashbacks, we see Donald as a young director (played by Goorjian) struggling to make his mark in the industry. We meet his former lover, a beautiful actress named Lillian (Karen Tucker), and his best friend and collaborator, the eccentric producer Larry (Ron Marasco).

As the film moves between the past and present, we see Donald navigating the cutthroat world of Hollywood, dealing with fame, fortune, and the constant pressure to create the next big hit. We see his relationships with Lillian and Larry evolve, and we witness the choices he makes that ultimately lead to his current state of disillusionment.

Throughout the film, there is a sense of nostalgia and regret that hangs over Donald. He longs for the past, for the days when he felt alive and creative, and he struggles to find meaning in his life now that he is elderly and alone. His conversations with Christopher are tense and fraught with emotion, as they both grapple with the mistakes of Donald's past and the uncertain future that lies ahead.

Illusion is a poignant and introspective film, exploring themes of aging, regret, and the search for meaning in one's life. It is a fitting final performance for Kirk Douglas, who brings a depth and complexity to the character of Donald Baines. The film is also a testament to Michael Goorjian's talent as both a director and an actor, as he seamlessly weaves together the past and present in a way that is both gripping and emotionally resonant. Karen Tucker and Ron Marasco also deliver standout performances, adding depth and nuance to the supporting characters.

Overall, Illusion is a thought-provoking and poignant film that will leave viewers contemplating the choices they make in life and the legacy they hope to leave behind. It is a must-see for fans of Kirk Douglas and for anyone who appreciates a deeply personal and introspective drama.

Illusion is a 2004 drama with a runtime of 1 hour and 46 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.2.

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    7.2  (488)