The Prestige (2006)

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The Prestige (2006)
  • Time: 130 min
  • Genre: Drama | Mystery | Thriller
  • Director: Christopher Nolan
  • Cast: Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale, Scarlett Johansson, Michael Caine, Piper Perabo

Storyline:

In the end of the Nineteenth Century, in London, Robert Angier, his beloved wife Julia McCullough and Alfred Borden are friends and assistants of a magician. When Julia accidentally dies during a performance, Robert blames Alfred for her death and they become enemies. Both become famous and rival magicians, sabotaging the performance of the other on the stage. When Alfred performs a successful trick, Robert becomes obsessed trying to disclose the secret of his competitor with tragic consequences.

One review

  • The Prestige. Where do we begin? Let’s name all the good things about this movie: Chirstopher Nolan, Christian Bale, Hugh Jackman, Michael Caine, the plot. Despite allegedly being nothing like the book The Prestige, Nolan directed a spectacular film. Part of it was how Nolan put the scenes all out of order, yet you lost no sense of what took place in what order. In addition, the scenes were in just the order to make you say, “Wow, that makes total sense now!” at the end of the movie. For instance, the movie opens with a shot that you don’t think about until many scenes later at which point you go exclaim the aforementioned exclamation. Bale, Jackman, and Caine did stellar performances in The Prestige. Bale masterfully played Alfred Borden, the great magician couldn’t book a decent theater, or make his tricks look good. Jackman was incredible as Robert Angier, the not-as-good, yet obsessed magician who could make his tricks look like something unbelievable. Michael Caine, also did amazing as the illusion engineer who was the source of most of Angier’s tricks. The Prestige’s plot was full of twists, turns, and parts that made made you say “Woah.” Upon re-watching the movie, one notices that the script is riddled with hints that reveal the end. The plot contains a bitter rivalry, revenge, and things you have to notice to figure it out before the movie ends. Once the ending is revealed, the audience’s jaw drops when the end is not what it seems. The cover to the DVD says “You want to see it again the second its over.” That’s probably the best way to put it. The first time you watch it , you’re not really looking for how the story comes together, you want to be shocked. 10 stars. This movie was awesome.

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