The Prestige (2006) – movie review

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I have never been disappointed with the work of Christopher Nolan. As far as I can tell, the man’s a genius. And it certainly shows with this thriller about magicians. That’s correct… magicians.

Hugh Jackman portrays fictional magician Robert Angier, famed magician searching for the truth behind the “magic” of Alfred Borden (brilliantly portrayed by Christian Bale) with the help of Nikola Tesla (David Bowie) who actually did exist.

I can’t get enough of how perfect this movie is (for me personally), it’s the perfect combination. It’s about magicians (that’s already a big plus), it stars Hugh Jackman (AUSSIE AUSSIE AUSSIE), David Bowie (Ground control to major YES) and Christian Bale (The Dark Knight himself) and is directed by one of the best directors of this century.

The story itself is engaging from start to finish and plays out like and actual magic trick. They show you something amazing, then leave you guessing for absolutely ever trying to figure how they did it, and then they tell you the secret. But you’re still guessing afterwards and you realise that you have to watch it again.

Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale both put in 100% into their performances really showcasing their chameleonic acting abilities. Michael Caine doesn’t really do anything different (compared to previous and later roles) for his role as John Cutter but the character was practically written for him so… problem solved.

Like I said, the ending stays with you even days after you watch it (not unlike The Usual Suspects) so this is definitely a film that you NEED to see if you haven’t already. But don’t look up the ending before you do.

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