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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.
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…
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.
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…
The narrative is delivered in an unconventional manner, with the end of the trick revealed at the very beginning of the film. We witness the haunting final moments of a man's life and the aftermath as the supposedly guilty party is charged with the crime, but what could have possibly lead to such a horrific conclusion? How could a magician be capable of taking the life of another in such a cold and calculated way?
The old adage is that a magician never reveals his secrets, and yet Christopher Nolan succeeds by doing just the opposite in The Prestige. By methodically pulling back the curtain on the mystery presented, by directly asking the audience to pay close attention and rewarding…
While I don't think that The Prestige is necessarily a great film in the canon of film-making, it is undoubtedly a pretty great Christopher Nolan film. A friend offered this theory essentially explaining who he is as a director and I think it's one that holds water. Premise: Nolan's films can be categorized in the genre of the "sophisticated blockbuster." Explanation: the concepts of his films (dreams, interdimensional travel, magic, etc.) are always very uniquely, expertly and credibly executed, but the overall themes of the movies tend to be more mediocre and far less complex than the world they exist in.
The Prestige is essentially all that: a wonderfully clever and creative setup marred by a thesis that doesn't quite…
All I can really say is that this movie certainly gets better literally every time I watch it. On TOP of that, it is the perfect movie to show friends (which I did, once again, this time around). To go see more of my thoughts, check out my first review of The Prestige here.
Sentence: For another funny little fact about this movie and the related book click here and read the 2nd to last paragraph in the "Critical Response" section... also, Rodger Ebert is an idiot.
"Are you watching closely?"
An incredible tale of obsession and sacrifice, elevated by a terrific cast and great direction by Nolan.
"No one cares about the man in the box."
Owned - Blu-Ray
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This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
The Prestige might be the ultimate test to see if a movie with a twist ending can live up to the hype when a viewer goes in (like me) already knowing the twist. It also might be the ultimate test to see if I can talk about a movie with a twist ending without giving away any spoilers. If you don't know, The Prestige is a film about 2 aspiring young magicians who develop a heated rivalry and work tirelessly to outdo one another, and also discover their rival's secrets. I found the non-linear story-telling to be quite difficult to wrap my mind around. For the first 30 minutes or more of the film I was at a complete loss…
Owned - Blu-Ray
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