This is what happens when your car breaks down on a Sunday morning and you have nothing else to do…
Are You Watching Closely?
A mysterious story of two magicians whose intense rivalry leads them on a life-long battle for supremacy -- full of obsession, deceit and jealousy with dangerous and deadly consequences.
Forget "The Dark Knight". Forget "The Dark Knight Rises". Forget even "Inception". This film matches the levels of greatness that "Memento", my favorite Nolan film, manages to reach, and it does it without telling the story backwards. This is dark, mysterious, captivating, intelligent, and is easily one of Nolan's most under rated films so far.
An ingeniously crafted tale of twists & turns, a fascinating vignette of obsession & jealousy, and an interesting illustration of friendship & rivalry, The Prestige is a magical piece of thrilling cinema by Christopher Nolan which comes with its own set of pledge, turn & prestige moments just like any great magic trick and cleverly manages to take its ordinary premise & turn it into something truly extraordinary.
The Prestige is the story of a friendship that became a rivalry which later turned deadly. The plot concerns two renowned stage magicians in London near the end of the 19th century who engage in competitive one-upmanship in an attempt to create the ultimate illusion but their increasing obsession to best each other's tricks eventually leads them…
After the disappointment of The Dark Knight Rises I wanted to revisit Nolan at his best. Whilst the film’s narrative structure is fragmented, much like the elusive puzzle at the heart of the story, it is deftly plotted where each component is revealed to fit neatly together and create a satisfying whole. The brilliance of the film is that it reveals everything to the audience at the very beginning. It tells you exactly how the trick is achieved early on, you just need to be paying attention. Yet, despite knowing how every twist and turn will play out the film still rewards repeated viewings which is very rare for this type of film. The twists are never cheap, they are…
Human nature is as destructive as it is constructive. We have the power and knowledge to build impressive constructions, invent machinery and technology that greatly alleviate our lives and can prove extremely beneficent for future generations. We are capable of love, we form families, have children. Everything is at our disposal, thanks to our ingenuity and love we have the opportunity to live in harmony. Yet we crave for more. We feel misunderstood, betrayed, we become cocky, blinded by desire and ambition, greed nests in our brains and hatred in our hearts. We hurt everyone around us, push away our dearest, turn our backs on anyone we ever cared for, we destroy and sacrifice everything that we so compassionately created…
"Are you watching closely?" - Alfred Borden
Yeah...so, this is the film that had me all the way. It's sublime. It's one of the most intelligent films I've ever seen. It's got my mind working in over-drive. I'm over-heating. I can't say anything at all about this to people who haven't seen it, so I'll just babble on critically...
Everyone, and I mean everyone, is at the top of their game here. Particularly Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale. Their roles as hero and villain, protagonist and antagonist are constantly shifting between them, as they're both as equally flawed as one another. At first, they both look like they're horrifically uncomfortable in their roles with their foreign accents, but it doesn't…
Part one of Preparing (As much as Humanly Possible) For Interstellar
Ah, The Prestige. Such a magic trick, such a brilliant concept, such beautiful execution, such rich cinematography, such immaculate performances; the entire film is an example of Christopher Nolan as a magician. As a storyteller. As a master of the medium. And as one of the finest directors of the modern generation.
It might be my favorite of Nolan's work, and while that might change as I work through his filmography in anticipation for Interstellar, one fact that will never change is that The Prestige is incredible. Masterfully combining fantastical, dramatic, and surrealistic touches; Christopher Nolan weaves this biting little tale with such operatic grandeur that you want to…
It's been a while since I saw this movie, but HOLY FUCK!!!!! This is the biggest mindfuck I've ever had with a movie since I saw Eraserhead. Holy shit!! The performances are great, and so is the great Christopher Nolan's directing. The setting is also perfect as well. The ending nailed the shit outta me! Grade: A+
I feel generous and I give one half a star more than on my first review time. And I still agree with my first review: " Do not cross people, it might hurt you". Fascinating world of illusion and magic!
A great film that I found genuinely interesting and had some great performances from the cast. It was great to get an insight into the rivalry between magicians and I loved the way the story incorporated Tesla into the narrative. The Victorian setting was well realised and the sets and costumes were richly detailed (19.7.07), (5.6.12)
This could well be one of Nolan's best. It doesn't have the gimmick of Memento (although that is still a great film) or the narrative slip ups that stop inception or interstellar from being "perfect". Underrated but excellent stuff. (23.5.16)
w/ Tom, Mum & Dad
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
FUCK IT UP CHRISTOPHER 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽 CANT BELIEVE HE SPOILED HIS OWN MOVIE AT THE BEGINNING LIKE #STUNTS #MANEUVERS
I think The Prestige is my favorite film by Christopher Nolan. I love this movie. It's so complex. The story, which is about magicians, is very well written and interesting. I can't believe it took so long for a movie to be made about a feud between magicians. The idea of two magicians trying to find out the secrets behind each others magic tricks is brilliant. And on top of that it takes place in the 1800s. 1800s magicians!!! As always, Christian Bale and Hugh Jackman were amazing and Christopher Nolan could not have done a better job directing it. Nolan proves once again that no matter how complicated the plot or how wide scale the story, he can make…
Excellent Christopher Nolan mystery about rival magicians, only let down by some rather inconsistent accents. Great twist (if rather strange) twist though, which makes for a fascinating rewatch
Der Film begeistert von der ersten Minute, denn sind wir mal ehrlich jeder mag Zauberer zumindest als Kind, und ein Film darüber wie sich zwei Zauberer gegenseitig manipulieren und sabotieren ist einfach aufregend.
Dazu kommt noch ein Drehbuch das besser nicht sein kann, obwohl die Handlung mit den vielen Zeitsprüngen am Anfang zwar etwas gewöhnungsbedürftig ist muss man nach dem fulminanten Ende automatisch den gesamten Film revue passieren lassen, und spätestens jetzt wird aus einem sehr guten Film ein genialer.
Ein weiteres Christopher Nolan Meisterwerk mit super Darstellern und einem genialen Setting des späten 19.Jhd. Man muss halt sein Hirn einschalten und dran bleiben, aber man wird belohnt.
This 2006 mystery thriller is directed by Christopher Nolan and based on Christopher Priest's 1995 award-winning novel of the same name. It stars Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Scarlett Johansson, Rebecca Hall, Andy Serkis and David Bowie.
Robert Angier (Jackman) and Alfred Bordon (Bale) work together as “plants” for a major magician in Victorian London. Angier’s wife is the magician’s assistant, but dies in a tragic accident during a water tank escape. As Angier and Bordon were the ones who tied the knots, Angier blames Bordon for tying the wrong knot, and the two fall out.
Angier and Bordon become magicians and illusionists themselves, each trying to better the other and win the captivated audience in their respective theatres…
Movies that are slightly off.
All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1177. An easy way of seeing how…