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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.
"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.
“You never understood, why we did this,” laments magician Robert Angier to his rival Alfred Borden. Tears stream down Angier's pained face as he describes the power of giving the audience the gift of magic. It can sometimes be easy to think that director Christopher Nolan forgets the magic of cinema as well, especially when he cranks out overwrought blockbusters about an angry man in a bat costume, but if you ever need reminding of Nolan's power as a filmmaker, look at The Prestige, and watch very closely.
Magic is a wonderful subject for a film story, it's lavish, theatrical, and while we all know it's fake, we all want to believe and allow ourselves to escape into the wonder…
So much of what is said in the last few minutes of this film, explain the reaction that I had when the credits started to roll. It left me thinking extensively on what just happened, and whether or not there was more to it than what Christopher Nolan has led me to believe. The Prestige has become one of the lesser known favorites from Nolan's filmography. Some have regarded this film as one of the director's best efforts but I never really felt that at all whenever I contemplate about this film. This is most definitely an improvement from Batman Begins and at par with his second film, Memento. It just can't make the climb to his spectacular films like…
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Whoa. Seriously, whoa. Christopher Nolan weaves an edge-of-your-seat narrative full of twists and turns that keeps you guessing until the very end. Conceals and reveals fly fast and furious like so many magic tricks in a master magician's quick hand. I spent the entire second half of the film totally absorbed, wondering what would happen next, how things would turn out. I was unsettled, leaning forward, grasping for the truth. It's rare to find a film like this.
It's the closest thing to a perfect film in a long, long time. Nolan's best.
I cant believe I never caught that Tesla was played by the prestigious David Bowie, and all the while alongside Andy Serkis, what a paring!
This all but completes my watching of the complete Nolan film catalogue. Another great film, as with all of his films. I would definitely watch this film again, just to be able to watch it with clarity.
Awalnya saya hanya berpikir film ini mirip dengan The Illusionist karena mengusung tema Magic yang sama. Tapi ternyata ini lebih baik dari The Illusionist (menurut saya, ya). Plot twist, akting dari cast dan settingnya kebetulan memenuhi kriteria Film yang baik menurut saya. Terlebih ada Scarlett Johansson, Michael Caine, Hugh Jackman dan Christian Bale. Kurang apa lagi? Pokoke ini film oke!
"Are you watching closely?"
The best dueling magician movie ever.
Excellent atmosphere and performances. I very much enjoyed it, but have to agree with Roger Ebert that the ending feels like a fundamental "cheat" and that keeps me from fully embracing it.
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- 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
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