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The Prestige ****

The Prestige was the second magic themed film released in 2006. The first was The Illusionist which I gave 3 stars. I remember when this film came out, reviewers such as Ebert & Roeper said this was the better of the two films. After seeing both, I have to agree, this film was fantastic. I started watching it around 12:30am and despite being tired I was alert and thoroughly entertained from beginning to end. This is a very good film.

Robert and Alfred are rival magicians at the start of the 20th century. The film follows them as they initially work together, then go out on their own to thrill and amaze theater crowds. There are three other primary characters seen throughout the film (Michael Caine, Scarlett Johansson and David Bowie) and each played a pivotal role in the development of the story. As the rivalry develops once they start out on their own, each tries to one-better the other or try to figure out how the other did some trick or illusion. The tricks become more intense and the lengths at which each man goes to better the other also becomes more intense. Every time I think one or the other has won this intensifying competition, the other comes back to take the lead so to speak. The tricks are ingenious and there’s a touch of sci-fi as one of them seeks out the ultimate vengeful victory.

The Prestige is a fantastic film. Don’t miss this magical ride of mystery madness.


At the dawn of the 20th century, rival magicians Robert Angier (Hugh Jackman) and Alfred Borden (Christian Bale) are desperate to reveal each other’s secrets. Obsessed by the escalating competition, the two illusionists begin to perform increasingly risky tricks — which soon turn deadly. Michael Caine, Scarlett Johansson and David Bowie also star in this taut psychological thriller from director Christopher Nolan.

Sam’s 4 star guide:
**** Loved it
*** Really liked it
** Average
* Didn’t like it, wasted my time, would rather have watched a George Bush speech

March 21, 2007 - Posted by | Movies

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