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With Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale, Scarlett Johansson, Michael Caine, David Bowie, Rebecca Hall, Andy Serkis
Directed by Christopher Nolan

Christopher Nolan is no stranger to innovative and hard to define genres, from
Memento to his great take on Batman Begins.
The Prestige
of the title refers to the third and final segment to a magic trick. First you get The Pledge (which is the set-up), then The Turn (when the magic happens and the audience is baffled), and finally The Prestige (where the audience is wowed by the crowning glory of, for instance, the reappearance of the vanished object).
Based on the novel by Christopher Priest, the story focuses on two apprentice magicians (Robert Angier and Alfred Borden), and their bitter rivalry after they go their separate ways in the wake of Angier blaming Borden for his wife’s death during a botched magic trick.
They both try to come up with the most innovative magic show. Borden creates an inexplicable body transporting trick with great success. Angier is willing to do anything to figure it out, usurp, replicate and improve upon it. With left and right sabotage, this leads to one losing a finger and the other breaking a leg.
Then Angier sends his assistant-lover to steal his rival’s notes and eventually infiltrate his organization as his personal spy. Electricity genius Tesla becomes the basis of the transportation act’s evolution and is played by none other than David Bowie. The ingenious storyline is told in time-flashes with one on trial for the murder of the other, a great deal via both men’s reading of the other’s journal.
To a lesser extent than Darren Aronofsky’s The Fountain (also starring Jackman), The Prestige falls in the same category of highly thought provoking cinema. With such a fascinating and original story, stunning visual approach and great acting in the hands of a master director, this film makes for a wonderful diversion from your rudimental studio pulp, and in the process the filmmakers become the magicians placing the audience in the position of witnessing a Pledge, Turn and ultimate Prestige as the surprising finale is revealed.

Extras: An insightful featurette with director, writer and actor interviews. Productions stills.

5 / B
- PB

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A - B - C

click below for The Prestige soundtrack

6 - Volcanic
5 - Blistering
4 - Hot
3 - Smolder
2 - Room Temp.
1 - Fizzled
0 - Extinguished

A: Multiple Viewing Potential
B: Deserves Another Look
C: Once Should Suffice

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