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Award-winning actors Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale, Michael Caine and Scarlett Johansson star in The Prestige, the twisting, turning story that, like all great magic tricks, stays with you. Two young, passionate magicians, Robert Angier (Jackman), a charismatic showman, and Alfred Borden (Bale), a gifted illusionist, are friends and partners until one fateful night when their biggest trick goes terribly wrong. Now the bitterest of enemies, they will stop at nothing to learn each other's secrets. As their rivalry escalates into a total obsession full of deceit and sabotage, they risk everything to become the greatest magician of all time. But nothing is as it seems, so watch closely. And be prepared to watch it again and again.

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"Jackman and Bale give standout performances as rivals whose mutual obsession destroys all sense of perspective and ruins lives." Richard Roeper

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"There are nifty tricks galore up the sumptuous sleeve of this offbeat and wildly entertaining thriller." Rolling Stone

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"Take the movie's first words to heart: watch closely. You'll be well rewarded." Newsweek

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"The Prestige is wonderfully engrossing, darkly mysterious and entertaining from start to finish." USA Today

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"The Director's Notebook: The Cinematic Sleight Of Hand Of Christopher Nolan" — Conjuring The Past; The Visual Maze; Metaphors Of Deception; Tesla: The Man Who Invented The Twentieth Century; Resonances
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cattwmn, May 20, 2007 (view all comments by cattwmn)
Drama, revenge, romance, a bit of history, a glimps of genius, and 'magic', this movie has something for everyone. It had those I watched it with guessing up till the end, and after it was over - a few were still guessing. David Bowie is great as Tesla; if I hadn't known beforehand I would not have known it was him - excellent make up artists!
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Grady Harp, February 21, 2007 (view all comments by Grady Harp)
The Pledge, The Turn, The Prestige: We see what we want to see

Jonathan and Christopher Nolan have collaborated on previous projects (namely the brilliant MEMENTO) and here take on Christopher Priest's dazzling novel THE PRESTIGE. Where MEMENTO kept the audience tense and on the edge of the seat and of quizzical mind, THE PRESTIGE attempts to use the same techniques but ends up being an overly long, at times ponderous, and ultimately rather bland examination of illusion and magic and the need audiences have to believe in what they see as an exit route from the mundane lives they lead.

The time is turn of the century England (with a foray into the United States) when Magic Shows were a popular form of entertainment (as they still are in Las Vegas). Two friends - Borden (Christian Bale) and Angier (Hugh Jackman) - are both fascinated with illusion and are frequent audience volunteers for magician tricks. The boys become magicians themselves with Borden becoming the superior illusionist and Angier the superior showman. Their rivalry is healthy until an unfortunate illusion/trick fails at the hands of Borden and the loss of the beloved assistant of Angier. From this point the two friends become archenemies, each sworn to discover the secrets of the other, a journey which eventually leads to murder and the ultimate illusion of life over death.

There are so many subplots that they defy summation. Suffice it to say that inventors (electricity scientist Nikola Telsa - David Bowie), magic machine creators (Cutter - Michael Caine), wives (Julia Angier - Piper Perabo and Sarah Borden - Rebecca Hall), lovers (Olivia - Scarlett Johansson) all weave in and out of the plot, at times illuminating the ideas and at times confusing them. The ending is predictable: it is the only way to explain the Transported Man secret trick. Still, in all, THE PRESTIGE is an entertaining if uninvolving film and while the characters may not make us care very much for them, they are well executed by a strong and literate cast. The production values are what really make the film work. Worth an evening's viewing - a long evening... Grady Harp
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Product Details

UPC:
00786936705157
Studio:
Buena Vista Home Video
Publication Date:
2007-02-20
Director:
Nolan, Christopher
Actor:
Bale, Christian
Binding:
DVD
Rating:
PG13
Region:
US and Canada

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"Review" by , "Jackman and Bale give standout performances as rivals whose mutual obsession destroys all sense of perspective and ruins lives."
"Review" by , "There are nifty tricks galore up the sumptuous sleeve of this offbeat and wildly entertaining thriller."
"Review" by , "Take the movie's first words to heart: watch closely. You'll be well rewarded."
"Review" by , "The Prestige is wonderfully engrossing, darkly mysterious and entertaining from start to finish."
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