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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.
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…
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…
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.
"Every great magic trick consists of three parts or acts. The first part is called 'The Pledge'. The magician shows you something ordinary: a deck of cards, a bird or a man. He shows you this object. Perhaps he asks you to inspect it to see if it is indeed real, unaltered, normal. But of course...it probably isn't. The second act is called 'The Turn'. The magician takes the ordinary something and makes it do something extraordinary. Now you're looking for the secret... but you won't find it, because of course you're not really looking. You don't really want to know. You want to be fooled. But…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
As they say, once you know how it’s done…
Christopher Nolan's "The Prestige" has just about everything I require in a movie about magicians, except ... the Prestige. We are instructed at the outset, in a briefing by Michael Caine, that every magic trick consists of three acts: (1) the Pledge, in which a seemingly real situation is set up, (2) the Turn, in which the initial reality is challenged, and (3) the Prestige, where all is set right again. An example, one not used in the film, would be (1) a woman, and it's always a woman, except with Penn and Teller, who is placed into a box; (2) the box is sawed in half, and the halves separated, and (3) magically, the "victim" is restored in one…
A pretty cool movie with some pretty cool twists and turns.
No había terminado de verla en algún avión, pero por fin lo hice.
No es mala película, pero creo que todo lo bueno que tiene (mucha intriga y algo de tensión por la obsesión de los personajes) se ve reducido con la trama tan extensa que podía concretarse de una forma más sencilla, se siente cansada al final.
También es un poco predecible, pero, como digo, no está mal para un domingo palomero.
The Prestige is a magic trick in of itself. It carries Nolan’s typical fragmented structure but is not overly motivated by plot, like many of his other films. Instead, we are taken through an emotional arc between the duality of two unreliable narrators. He crafts a world that feels lived in, canvassed by all the intricacies of human nature. The Prestige blends all of Nolan’s greatest aspects. But most important: It’s alive. The characterization is impeccable and this is his most personal film. I have enjoyed all of Nolan’s stories; but this is the first one where the world fell away and I was able experience it in all the possible levels.…
Not bad, not great. I had a hard time keeping track of which character was which. They looked and sounded the same. For that reason, I had to pay closer attention than I normally would with a movie to get the payoff...not worth it.
Well acted and directed, but a vital key point depends on a HUGE coincidence to work, and is something that just comes out of nowhere.
I think The Prestige represents the best of Chris Nolan as a writer. This is surely his most impressive screenplay to date. His pacing is just right, the nonlinear narrative is as clever as its ever been, and the protagonists are two of the best characters in his entire catalog. The dangerous game Angier and Borden play is covered in jealousy, obsession, and deceit. The plot is filled with an immense amount of intrigue that keeps you guessing till that last frame. The Prestige is prime Chris Nolan storytelling; it’s impressive to see that he’s got two other films that trump this.
3 aktor keren. Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale, dan Michael Caine. Di film ini tidak ada yang tidak saya suka. Awalnya saya pikir mirip-mirip dengan The Illusionist (dari review orang-orang lain jga bilang kirain sama), tapi beda ya ternyata.
Filmnya benar, saya suka ditipu, saya ingin ditipu. Makanya, saat berbagai plot twist film ini ditawarkan ke saya, saya jadi kegirangan. Setting zaman favorit saya, saat sebuah film menawarkan setting yang tidak melulu membuat takjub dengan teknologi-teknologi mutakhir tapi melalui keindahan klasik . (Yeah, begitulah bahasa lebay saya)
"You don't really want to know. You want to be fooled."
- A Trip to the Moon
- The Great Train Robbery
- The Birth of a Nation
- Les Vampires
- The Racket
- 7th Heaven
- Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
- Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
- The Shawshank Redemption
- The Godfather
- The Godfather: Part II
- Pulp Fiction
- The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Some love it, some hate it, but I figured we might as well have the IMDb list here. Since it's…