Reviewed Apr 04, 2012
Mike Kaddour’s review:
Nolan, is there anything you can't do? You could take a shit in a toilet, use your intriguing camera angles, sound effects, slowed frame rate and massive musical score to turn it into a major motion epic. That being said, let's talk about one of the most brilliant pieces of cinema to dawn our time.
The Prestige from the surface is about Robert Angier (Jackman) driving himself into delusional madness while trying to figure out the key to the ultimate illusion created by, once friend, Alfred Borden (Bale). Angier traverses half way across the world to discover the answer he seeks when he refuses to believe the obvious answer, deeming it too simple to accept. Simplicity would be difficult for said character considering Borden was the semi accidental reason Angier's wife drowned to death. In his constant rage and wallowing, Angier blinds himself of everything he has the potential to accomplish in hopes to destroy Borden and take away all that's precious to him. This hateful obsession consumes Angier and ultimately brings his own demise.
Production Budget: $40,000,000