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Robert and alfred are rival magicians. When alfred performs the ultimate magic trick robert tries desperately to find out the secret to the trick. Studio: Buena Vista Home Video Release Date: 12/26/2008 Starring: Hugh Jackman Michael Caine Run time: 130 minutes Rating: Pg13 Director: Christopher Nolan

The Prestige attempts a hat trick by combining a ridiculously good-looking cast, a highly regarded new director, and more than one sleight of hand. Does it pull it off? Sort of. Christian Bale and Hugh Jackman play rival magicians who were once friends before an on-stage tragedy drove a wedge between them. While Bale's Alfred Borden is a more skilled illusionist, Jackman's Rufus Angier is the better showman; much of the film's interesting first half is their attempts to sabotage--and simultaneously, top--each other's tricks. Even with the help of a prop inventor (Michael Caine) and a comely assistant (Scarlett Johansson), Angier can't match Borden's ultimate illusion: The Transporting Man. Angier's obsession with learning Borden's trick leads him to an encounter with an eccentric inventor (David Bowie) in a second half that gets bogged down in plot loops and theatrics. Director Christopher Nolan, reuniting with his Batman Begins star Bale, demonstrates the same dark touch that hued that film, but some plot elements--without giving anything away--seem out of place with the rest of the movie. It's better to sit back and let the sometimes-clunky turns steer themselves than try to draw back the black curtain. That said, The Prestige still manages to entertain long after the magician has left the stage--a feat in itself. --Ellen A. Kim

Customer Reviews:

  • fantastic
    the only problem i had with this film is that it progressed slowly...the plot and story were fabulous! its on my list of favorite movies...more info
  • Batman Versus Wolverine
    My wife keeps bringing home Hugh Jackman movies from work. When I ask her about it she just shrugs and says "he's cute" and adopts this wispy, far-off stare. It kind of figures too because I was always a big Punisher fan and was *never* at all fond of the X-Men supergroup. So with this review I'm going to put it all out on the table. Jackman, I'm putting you on notice!

    Now that that's out of my system I'll continue with my review of the hocus-pocus infused movie that is "The Prestige". I have not read the book which the movie was based upon, and I feel it's important to mention this because I tend to feel you can't really give the movie a fair shake until you've read the source material it's based upon. But judging from the other reviews it's safe to say that not many other people have either, so at least in this I'm not alone.

    The movie stars Christian "Batman" Bale and Hugh "Wolverine" Jackman as two competing magicians circa the turn of the 20th century. Bale's character, whose stage name is "The Professor", has an innate understanding of the mechanics of making magic tricks work. Jackman's character has a basic grasp of this but is much stronger in his theatrical flair for presenting his tricks. The two begin as apprentices to some retiring magician and get help from Michael Caine's character, whose job it is to design illusions, and the accroutements thereof.

    After a tragic accident in which Bale's character inadvertantly kills Jackman's wife by tying the wrong knot around her wrists during a trick in which she's submerged in a locked tank of water, the two end up engaging in their own private war. The resulting animosity between the two is the central theme of the movie as each vies for position over the other and takes whatever course of action is necessary (legal or otherwise...mostly otherwise) to get the upper hand. Jackman is at times reluctant to take the proverbial Nestea plunge, however, as he recognizes Bale's intuitive grasp for creating illusion, especially his famed "Transported Man" trick. For most of the movie Jackman tries various schemes to unlock the secret himself through observation and outright espionage.

    Somehow thrown into the mixture is fabled Russian tech-geek Nicolai Tesla, played by David Bowie. I didn't even realize it was him...heck, when I saw his name on the front cover of the DVD case the next day I looked over at my wife and said "David Bowie was in this? Who the heck was he?". Seriously, unless someone points him out to you he won't be recognizable, although you will be easily able to pick out Andy Serkis, aka Gollum, who plays his wheedling assistant. At any rate Jackman's quest for the ultimate magic trick leads him to Mr. Tesla, who builds for him an electrical machine, which has some very unintended side effects on it's user.

    The conclusion of the movie led both my wife and I to cock an eyebrow and give the TV screen a sort of "Um...ok" kind of look. I would say that the average "deep" cinema experience doesn't really bother me, but this was just an overall weird and surreal experience. The movie is very dark in nature and explores how far our obsessions will make us go. This, coupled with the already mystical nature of the illusory magic trade, makes for a gritty and otherworldly combination. It was clear that the director didn't want this to be a simple good vs. evil tale, as there is no one character who stands out as being a protaginist, although Caine's character seems to be the only one who has a working conscience. The end result is that you have a movie with no characters you really like or feel any compelling connection with. These are sickos on the screen and they make no pretense about being anything other than what they are. This is something that's going to appeal strongly to certain people and completely turn off others. My wife and I are in the latter group.

    In addition to the already mentioned dark aspects of the story, the film has no coherent sense of timeline. The story takes you through several time shifts to the past and future via the use of the tried and true, Hollywood Tested, mother approved "flashback" sequence system. This movie has more flashbacks than an LSD-enriched hippie commune. There was once or twice in the movie where a flashback had it's own flashback to make it really confusing. Even when the movie got to it's conclusion I wasn't sure what the heck had happened, or especially when. Visually this is an eye-candy laced movie. The effects are dazzling and the cinematography is spectacular. Tesla's machine is probably the most impressive sequence in the lot and really brings much to the movie. I'd love to see this in the Blu Ray format, at least certain scenes of the movie.

    Overall this was just one weird film. This is the second or third time my wife has brought Wolverine home, but given the eccentric nature of the films she's had on our TV screen I'm not sure how much longer that will last. Even she said "Ok, that's it. I'm not bringing home any movies anymore". Take that, Jackman! :D

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  • It Takes Two
    NOTE: If you're wondering whether the Blu Ray purchase is a worthy one over the DVD, it is. The picture quality is consistenly completely smooth with a wonderful sense of depth that really shines through. The audio, meanwhile, is subdued but wonderfully so. The uncompressed surround is terrific. Now that the tech specs are out of the way, onto the bulk:

    Ever since Christopher Nolan's little seen movie entitled Following, I knew we had a director worth keeping an eye on. Following that up with Memento was perfection and then there was the oft overlooked Insomnia. Then, he reinvented the Batman saga. However, scrunched between Batman Begins and The Dark Knight was this little movie about magic, named The Prestige. Actually, it wasn't really about magic. It's about obsession, misdirection and mysterious plot twists...pretty much par for the course.

    Nolan has crafted a fine story that runs like a trainwreck. From the first death in the film, you know that things can't end happily. At every corner, each magician tries to top the other, but neither is strong enough to know when to stop. And what happens when someone has a trick that is utterly impossible to pull off? How do you top it? By doing the unimaginable.

    And it's the unimaginable that will either make you love or loathe this film.

    When I saw The Prestige in the theatres back in 2006, I left feeling a little bit cheated. After a pitch perfect first two acts, in which Jackman's Angier and Bale's Borden continued to try and upstage/get back at each other, Christopher Nolan (and brother Jonathan) threw an utter curveball that seemd to not only stretch my belief in what I was watching but completely seemed out of place. I thought about the movie for a long time and decided that I ultimately didn't like it.

    The other day, it was playing on a movie channel and I managed to catch it just as the opening credits were running. "I'll just watch a little bit of it," I thought and ended up staying for the entire runtime. I bring this up because what I find so thrilling and interesting about The Nolans is just how well-constructed (to a fault) their movies are. The continual moving back and forth in time is nothing new to them (Following, Memento), but the way it's constructed, perfectly, as the three acts of a magic trick is pure...well, magic.

    And watching through it a second time illuminated just how early they set up the events. The twisting third act no longer seemed utterly incredulous (only just semi-incredulous). The other not-so-out-there twist seemed incredily "duh!" but what was perfectly appropriate was simply how well a fairly obvious answer is hidden in plain sight and yet, not seen.

    In the end, the final lines speak volumes: "Now you're looking for the secret. But you wont find it because of course, you're not really looking. You don't really want to work it out. You want to be...fooled."...more info
  • Now You See It, Now You ... See It Again
    There have been many movies devoted to the misdirection, sleight of hand crowd. Magic is a favorite theme of writers, actors, and film makers for the obvious reason that this craft so closely parallels their own, the spinning of illusion to make audiences forget for a moment what a dull, hard place the world can be by believing, however briefly, in something that is patently false. It is a very participatory act, the engagement of the audience in the implausible construct is essential - indeed; that is where the "magic" resides.

    Almost without fail these movies make great sport of showing how performers fool their audiences, and one another; and their directors like to demonstrate that they too are magicians. All this can lead to layer upon layer of falsehood, deception, trickery, and even confusion. The Prestige is no exception. At times one wishes for a scorecard, and the plodding of the plot gets a bit murky in the middle. But there's enough intrigue to hold you for the big finish, and The Prestige keeps you guessing literally until the final seconds.

    One look at the cast tells you that somebody spent some serious money to put together a quality film. Michael Caine, Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale, and Scarlett Johansson lead the way - all are excellent although Bale struggles with his Cockney accent. London in the late 1800's is masterfully recreated, no small trick in its own right. But what fuels this wonderful film is rivalry and hate, a grudge between two former friends and colleagues that just keeps going and going until it is no longer mere antagonism but the very reason for living - for them both. For us, living over a century later, it may be hard to identify with two performers who would stop at nothing to claim the title of, "England's Greatest Magician". Seems like wanting to be Denmark's Greatest Mime. But magic is power, and a century ago, it was possible to hold an entire audience in the palm of your hand, if you had the right Prestige.

    Worth watching more than once, just so you can try to figure out how they did it....more info
  • Obsession
    Take two rival magicians, then make their rivalry intensely personal. As their mutual hatred increases, they become consumed by their need for revenge, to the point where they really don't care who gets hurt in the crossfire. The Prestige is a bleak story based upon the destructive power of obsession and self absorption. Ultimately, neither of the antagonists retains much of his humanity and while at the conclusion, one appears to be the victor, even that is largely illusory. This movie is not so much entertaining as intriguing. Jackman, Bale, and Bowie each did outstanding jobs playing cold, dark characters that are passionate but somehow reptilian, with Michael Caine providing some rational relief. ...more info
  • Better than the book
    I saw "The Prestige" last night, having already read the book. Although, I already knew the details of the plot, that it was the story of two rival magicians in 19th Century London, and the secrets of each of their magic tricks, I still found this film to be well worth watching. In fact, I found the film to be an improvement on the book, as the film leaves the main plot twists to the final scene, whereas the book reveals them earlier.

    Although, I am not a big fan of Christopher Nolan (I hated what he did to "Insomnia"), I think he did an excellent job of writing and directing this film. It is well paced and although Nolan reveals enough to solve the riddles of the film, nothing is blatently obvious. As usual, Christian Bale, Hugh Jackman and Michael Cain also turn in excellent performances (when I read the book, I wondered if Nolan had been correct to cast Bale as Bowden and Jackman as Angier - I thought it might have been better the other way around - but after seeing the film, I think he got it right).

    This movie is well worth watching, and if you haven't read the book, it is probably worth watching twice, just to see what you missed the first time around.
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  • Magicians are cool...
    I like movies about magicians. I like movies I can't predict well. Not only is 'The Prestige' an unpredictable movie about magicians, but the acting is well above par. Especially Hugh Jackman. His best performance up to date. And while I hated Christian Bale in his 'Batman' persona...he covered alot of ground making up for it in this piece.
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  • The Masterpiece set in Steampunk ...

    What can be said so early in the game about one of the greatest films ever made? Are you watching carefully? Did you miss something? Yes ... you heard right.

    The Prestige is not the greatest film ever made, but it does belong in that special group of films that breaks the mold, sets a framework to be emulated and creates something within the film that is greater than the film itself. More questions than answers are put to the viewer as the movie progresses and the film has qualities that stay with the viewer long after the film has ended, creating debate. As simple as an order as this may seem to fill, it is not simple by a long shot, as even subjectively, a lot of film, both modern and classic, can be completely forgettable.

    Often, during the initial release of a film, it can be grossly overlooked and treated so unfairly that the rancor and the bitterness that precedes it can often overshadow the film for some time, often decades or longer. This has been evinced numerous times in the last 75 years of filmmaking, and more so when a film is made that has all the qualities of a workman-like production. Casablanca was a film that was one of many projects that the director Michael Curtiz was working on at the time and one of a total of one hundred and seventy two productions during his career. It has been often stated that when the film was made, no one thought much about the gravitas, or the film as being special or even close to becoming the classic that it now is.

    The Prestige was met on a lot of fronts during its release to a sharp rebuke and then a continuous and growing wave of criticism. It didn't help that The Illusionist was also released during the same period, thus giving the viewer a large dosing of Victorian era magic and prestidigitation. Woody Allen's Scoop also made its presence known but was probably the most forgettable Allen film to date. One wonders if these things are a matter of coincidence or strong wrangling of studio one-upmanship. The kind of rivalry that is all too spelled out in the film and leads each party down a dark road. It makes a viewer wonder how much money was lost by trying to overwhelm an audience rather than growing an interest and feeding an audience slowly, much in the way of J. K. Rowling. Who as we know, hasn't done very well with her book to screen adaptations and the revenue that's been collected.



    The Masterpiece set in Steampunk ...


    Steampunk is a subversive and somewhat underused term that describes a genre of film, writing, sometimes music and art. Steampunk is usually defined as:

    works set in an era or world where steam power is still widely used--usually the 19th century, and often set in Victorian era England--but with prominent elements of either science fiction or fantasy, such as fictional technological inventions like those found in the works of H. G. Wells and Jules Verne, or real technological developments like the computer occurring at an earlier date.

    In general, the category includes any recent science fiction that takes place in a recognizable historical period (sometimes an alternate-history version of an actual historical period) where the Industrial Revolution has already begun but electricity is not yet widespread, with an emphasis on steam, or spring-propelled gadgets. It can also be defined as Psuedo-Victorian, neo-Victorian, retro-futurism and multiple other variances.

    The first usage of the word was in 1987 by K.W. Jeter while discussing his ideas about `Victorian fantasies' during an exchange with Locus magazine for his 1979 novel Morlock Night and the debate over who was the first author to step into the genre. That discussion aside, Steampunk references can easily be found in earlier works such as The Wild Wild West Television series and a few select novels. Although alternate history and merging timeline tales regarding Sherlock Holmes have been around for the last forty years. K.W. Jeter though is graced with the honor of having coined the phrase and establishing the genre past something vague and indescribably uncanny.

    During the late 1990's and well into the next century, film makers began to fully realize the genre and embrace it with both hands. Twenty five films or more can be found in between Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and The Prestige.

    Steampunk on film is usually represented with mechanistic devices that appear new to the eye and in perfect working order and placed in a setting that does not seem out-of place or intentionally out-of place. The meat of the sub-genre is that the reader and the viewer both have to believe that the Steampunk elements are perfectly sewn into the fabric of the world being presented. In the film Van Helsing, Steampunk artifacts run headlong into the decrepit world of Gothic Europe where mechanistic objects take an incredibly rugged and utilized look. The Back to The Future series raised the bar on presenting Steampunk in both a used and new environment, especially the third film which is set in the Old American West. The storyline of Back To The Future however, allowed the deviance into a decrepit depiction of the objects as the DeLorean time machine, the flux capacitor and the repetitive models and other home-made devices had already been established. The items that get presented for the first time, like the brass scope on Doc Brown's large-bore rifle, are shown as new. This is a minor distinction for the viewer and may seem tedious to read, but it is an important point and widely argued by the artists and craftspeople that spend their time making said objects. The difference between new and used is as important for effect as moonlight and sunlight. The two are distinct and both have their own place. Overlooking this fact is often done in cinema, does currently go unnoticed by many, but noted by those watching for it. Recent Steampunk attempts include The Golden Compass, which failed miserably at the box-office despite much fan-fare and J.K. Rowlings' film adaptation of The Order of The Phoenix, which continually delves deeper into the genre as each film progresses.

    The Prestige shows a world where the exterior is run-down and over-advertised. Flyers, advertisements and printed paper abounds in almost every corner of the film in the outside world, painting a bleak and burgeoning depiction of the Industrial Revolution that was all around them at the time. In some instances, the idea of Steampunk is necessary to cast a more progressive light on a bleak situation, thus upping the dramatic ante.

    Typically, period film is often devoid of such intense detail as it comes across as distracting and cluttered. Also, from a film-maker's perspective, often the only thing that is important is where the camera will land and be focused. Unfortunately, too many directors lead set-dressers and prop-masters to believe that extra-ordinary detail is unnecessary. But time, and the workings of the last decade has changed these ideas much.

    Thus the Industrial Revolution will undoubtedly be one of the most visual influences upon film that ever was. Future filmmaker's will most likely depend upon it heavily as the information age wanes and something newer emerges. Drawing from established mythology is a habitual practice of the workman like mentality of both apprentice and master craftsmen in all trades.

    On some level, The Prestige, for all intent and purpose, does fit the criteria of the later defined sub-genre of Gas-light romance, which is specific in centering on already established figures in history. The inclusion of Nikola Tesla in the film would meet the requirement for such a re-labeling, but the point would be lost as Gas-light romance is newly defined and the protagonists are amalgams of people that once lived and made their fortunes like the fictional Robert Angier and Alfred Borden.

    Undoubtedly, as all new ages emerge, they are often met with both wonder and fear as it is the unknown that approaches and the unknown being man's greatest fear.



    A strange, but not-so singular case against Roger Ebert ...

    The reason for the cold reception of The Prestige can not just be put squarely at the feet of one man, but can be utilized to show a pattern of behavior. Some may read this a think that I'm being unnecessarily harsh on Roger Ebert, but let me explain. While Roger Ebert has enjoyed a very distinguished career in the public eye as a film critic and probably the only critic within the culture that has risen to such a height doing so, thus far, he has an uncanny ability to see past some of the greatest films released on his watch. Dismissing a film so outwardly, barely even mentioning the film within the review, as if the attempt was a complete disappointment and a waste of effort, speaks volumes of the type of disdain Roger Ebert has for the work of a certain type of film ... namely, masterpieces. The reason why this chapter deals squarely with Roger Ebert, is in part that it is wise to deal with the detractors honestly.

    In 1984, Roger Ebert gave the same type of treatment to a certain Science-Fiction classic that ended up proving to be seen as the most perfect Science-Fiction film ever made and also one of the best films of all time. Blade Runner was panned by Ebert and he ripped viciously into Ridley Scott being the vanguard for a wave of negativity to quickly follow. Roger Ebert slammed Ridley Scott and the film during the first theatrical release by stating that `Scott cared more about the lush environment of the film than he did of the story', which as we all know - and even Ebert now, in hindsight, has stated that he was unkind and grossly unfair to both Scott and the film. The same exact thing repeats itself with Christopher Nolan and his film The Prestige, where he barley makes a single mention of the film, except in passing but gushes profusely and lovingly at its lesser counterpart The Illusionist and dotes upon the graven image of Edward Norton and his `Van Dyke' beard. While the community at large, often prides itself on promoting themselves as individual thinkers, if Ebert had not been so flippant toward The Prestige, it is easy, and simple, to surmise that the others would have followed suit as is often the case with mainstream reviewing. Ebert's own site has all three versions of his reviews on Blade Runner, which are interesting to read in context to the passage of time.

    In Ebert's Review of The Prestige, he talks long and hotly about Harry Houdini and his love of magic. The review of the film just seems like the vehicle in which he makes his rant, thus trying to land a fatal blow upon the neck of Christopher Nolan.

    Some readers may now lay this down as they cannot bear the humanizing of their movie-reviewing idol, but the real message of this essay would've quickly been lost upon them. Roger Ebert is not the message here, just a final footnote.
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  • Listen... do you want to know a secret?
    Do you promise not to tell?

    The first part is called the pledge.
    The second act is called the turn.
    The third part is the prestige.

    This movie, "The Prestige" starts out looking like any other formula rival movie you know pretty much how it's going to end; yet you are intrigued with the details of the journey. We have seen twists and turns before and are no stranger to them so we expect twists and turns during and at the end of the movie or do we?

    Two friends who are aspiring magicians take part in a tragedy that will change their lives. Do these magicians really care about anybody or anything or are they just intent on doing one trick better and knowing the other persons secrets? Who is to say what magic really is?

    During this movie is almost impossible to take your eye off the ball. So you may not realize the a lot of the best acting was done by Michael Caine as Cutter the man who helps most everybody throughout the movie.

    Now I know there's still a few of you out there that are intrigued with the details of the presentation such as Blu-Ray. However it's time now to realize that we raise just one more tool and is now commonplace. However, I can tell you that you will not be disappointed.


    The Thirteenth Floor [Blu-ray]...more info
  • Movie: 5/5 Picture Quality: 4/5 Sound Quality: 4.5/5 Extras: 3.25/5
    Version: U.S.A / Region-A / BVHE-Touchstone
    Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
    MPEG-4 AVC BD-50
    Running time: 2:10:29
    Movie size: 33,01 GB
    Disc size: 37,69 GB
    Average Video Bit Rate: 23.04 Mbps
    LPCM 5.1 6.9Mbps 24-bit English
    DD AC3 5.1 640Kbps English / Spanish / French

    Subtitles: English SDH / Spanish / French

    #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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  • Let Down
    The good:
    it wasn't boring - it was one of these where you don't want to run to take a pee because you worry you will miss something important.

    I've seen the other magician movie: "The Illusionist" (twice) and found it magical in every sense. It had a great ending, satisfying and a great surprise.

    The bad:
    Prestige had more magical tricks but lacked... magic.
    Someone described it as "pointlessly macabre" and I cannot agree more.
    I won't go over all ridiculous twists and turns becuase almost all movies can be taken apart by analysing them, but Prestige has one of these super-contorted plots.

    Interestingly, to all the heap of BS the Tesla subplot was surpisingly well researched, and rooted in reality (other than his "ultimate" machine). Even Tesla's historic feud with Thomas Edison, his stay in Colorado Springs, etc. It was almost as if two different screenwritters wrote the movie: one doing the Tesla part and the other one everything else. The movie was a strange mix of facts and fiction.

    And yes, I did mention it already, it was macabre - needlessly so. The ending was depressing. Entertaining while we watched but left a bad taste in our mouth...

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  • One of the best movies of 2006
    I read quite a few other reviews, and from what I could gather is the people that had a problem with this movie are those who do not like to think at a movie and let the movie do the thinking for them. Don't get me wrong, that is all well and good. A lot of people either like this movie or The Illusionist better, and, no offense to these people, are not deep thinking people, at least to the ones that I know. (And most of them admit to being so). This movie is a great mystery movie, and I recommend it to anybody who likes mystery movies.

    When I first saw this movie in the theater I did not feel lost at all, but felt more enlightened to the story as it went by. The movie has good twists all the way through it, and the overall theme is great: obsession will eventually consume you....more info
  • Prestige is amazing!!!
    This is a great movie with terrific acting and a compelling plot. Looks awesome on blu ray....more info
  • Very Well Done

    I'm an avid movie fan and was not at all disappointed with this one. I like stuff with twists and turns that keeps your imagination and intellect busy and reeling. This was a fantastic movie and I have literally thought about it over and over. It's definately one to watch many many times. Do not blink or go to the bathroom. Definately enjoyable and twisty.

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  • You'll Care About the Film in this Box
    Nolan's Prestige, like many of his films, is a dark, somber exploration of human emotions, ambitions and failings. It features many of Nolan's artistic touches, including his trademark out-of-sequence narrative, so those of you who hate this format will be irritated by the progression of this film.

    The Prestige chronicles the intense rivalry between two ambitious young magicians struggling to make it big in turn of the century London. Alfred Borden (Bale) and Robert Angier (Jackman) actually begin as colleauges, both working as magician's assistants on an act engineered by Cutter (Caine). A tragic accident during one of the performances transforms a mutual professional jealousy into a bitter and lifelong feud that will cost each man dearly.

    Angier and Borden are the embodiment of two diametrically opposed philosophies and it is this collision of ideals that lies at the very heart of the film. Angier is more concerned with showmanship and accolades than with the magic itself, while for Borden the craft is what consumes him, audience be damned. The lengths each will go to in order to achieve their ideal, and simultaneously outshine the other, provides the key to the mystery that ties the whole story together. This film has not one, but two twists to its ending. You might guess the one halfway through, but the second is very cleverly concealed by Noland's deft direction.

    The film competed against "The Illusionist", which had been released to critical acclaim a few months earlier. Among the two I prefer the The Prestige, which I find is deeper and handled more maturely. Many people disagree, preferring the lighter, more conspicuously 'magical' Illusionist. This is reflected in the ratings here on Amazon as well (The Illusionist averages half a star better).

    The Prestige is certainly a darker, somewhat less straight-forward film, and while some might resent the sci-fi spin added in the last act, it provides the basis for the moral abyss into which Angier must fall. Both Angier and Borden are developed to a much greater extent than any character in The Illusionist; they simply feel more human. In fact, it is their very humanity, their frailties, that warp their passion into obsession, and finally into hatred and revenge.

    Featuring Scarlett Johansson as the love interest and David Bowie in a great turn as Nikola Tesla. Highly recommended....more info
  • The Prestige
    Great movie, have watched many times over. Received it in a timely manner.

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  • Really does make you watch it a 2nd time.
    The movie was really mysterious and truly made you want to watch it again. I liked how they introducted Nikola Tesla in the movie. David Bowieplayed the part very well. Im glad a bought it, it's one of those movies you have to have in your collection....more info
  • revenge is no illusion
    Two magicians, Robert Angier (Hugh Jackman) and Alfred Borden (Christian Bale), started out as partners and friends, but then a tragic stage accident made them bitter enemies. Set in turn-of-the-century England, the film takes us behind the scenes, as it were, to learn the mechanics of magic, its craft, secrets, and showmanship. But this film is more about the men than their magic--it's about their obsessions, egos and envy. Angier and Borden do everything they can to destroy each other. They sabotage each other's performances, steal secrets, ping pong the beautiful assistant Olivia between them as a lover-spy, and contrive every and any advantage over the other. They intend to destroy one another, and one of them succeeds. The film gets its name from the third part of every magic trick. After the "pledge" to do something outrageous and the "turn" of events, the "prestige" is "the part with the twists and turns, where lives hang in the balance, and you see something shocking you've never seen before." That description fits not only the magicians but their very own lives....more info
  • An Homage To Tesla and Edison
    For most people this movie is only about two stage-magicians who battle at outwitting each other by back-stabbing and stealing each others industrious "magic tricks", but to anyone who knows anything of history, the story is more in depth than that in that it is in fact an homage to Tesla and Edison battling over AC, or Alternating Current, and DC, or Direct Current, and that both men would go to any means necessary to come out on top.

    The subtle nuances aside, the movie was brilliantly done, and Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale, Michael Caine as well as Scarlett Johansson all deserve much praise for this plot-twisting movie.

    Whether you watched it, or watch it after purchasing it now, and watch it for the magic, or the wizardry of thes powerful men, you will love its suspense and plot-twisting to the bitter end. ...more info
  • A filmmaker's film!
    Few films are as expertly crafted as this one. Beautifully filmed, with intricate plot twists that might leave you needing to rewind (or whatever one does with a DVD). Despite being somewhat fantastic in its story, it also provides imaginative food for thought on a few philosophical and social questions. ...more info
  • Rather depressing movie.
    I have enjoyed most all of the movies that Christian Bale and Hugh Jackman have done, so I thought that with the two of them together this film would be a great one. It wasn't. I couldn't keep track of the plot after a certain point, and it quickly devolved into the two of them just trying to one-up each other, like two kids arguing over whose dad is better. I never felt any positive emotions from anyone and I ended the movie feeling kind of depressed. Not the way I like to leave a movie. It was also incredibly dark during certain parts which made it a little more difficult to see what was going on. Mainly, this movie confused and upset me....more info
  • The Prestige: Creepy, Colorful, and Very, Very, Entertaining

    One of our favorite movies in my home is "The Prestige". It is an incredible work of art. The movie stars Christian Bale, of "The Dark Knight" fame, Hugh Jackman, Michael Caine, Scarlett Johansson, and yes, David Bowie. I watched the movie, expecting to (ho-hum), watch and do other things, but soon became lost in the story.

    Christopher Nolan did a wonderful job of creating a spooky, dark, ambiance for the story. It quickly draws you in, and keeps you hooked for the entire show.

    David Bowie is a standout, of course, as Nickola Tesla- the inventor of the "Tesla Coil", or "Caged Lightening." He lends himself to the role, but is entirely believeable. We are fortunate enough to have a "Tesla Coil" in a local museum. It is amazing! Those of you who haven't seen one, it would really be worth you while to do so. Then you could watch "The Prestige", do research on Nickola Tesla, and watch "The Prestige" again.....Or at least- that's what I plan to do!

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