Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale play two aspired and famous magicians. Their names are Robert Agnier and Alfred Borden. During a performance, their latest trick, "The Transported Man", goes terribly wrong. Borden and Agnier are bound to improve the trick with a secret that no other magicians will ever know. However, they begin to sabotage each other's tricks and get involved in a love triangle. With who? The beautiful Scarlett Johansson, thats who! It all happens in Christopher Nolan's "The Prestige", the only film I hope to ever find in my movie watching days that I find better than Nolan's overrated declared masterpiece, "Inception".
What is a prestige? You see, every magic trick has three steps, or acts. The first is the pledge. The magician takes an ordinary object and may ask to inspect it and make sure eerything's okay with it. The second is the turn. The magician alters the object. The last is when the illusion kicks in. That is called the prestige. Pretty cool, eh?
The story is very original and well put together. Almost everything about it (i.e. acting, lighting, writing, directing) accomadated the story very well. Christopher Nolan's writing is sometimes too good for words. The dialogue is BA Nolan dialogue like usual. Its detailed, well put off by the actors, and very memorable.
The acting is superb. Christopher Nolan's #1 rule about being an actor is don't suck! Say the lines well, when you have a flip out moment, do it well, yada yada yada. Jackman and Bale have excellent chemistry together and their performances are superb. Michael Caine always great in a supporting role, Andy Serkis was good, and Scarlett Johansson was very good as well. I think I fancy her. I didn't like Bale's acting in one scene. He gets injured but groans as he was taking a painful dump. We've all had those moments, right?
Nolan's direction is awesome! Its very different from his past films and thats why I fancy it. The funeral scene looks like it was directed by the great Stanley Kubrick with the camerawork and music cues.
The effects almost looked like the magic tricks as well. That means its good!
But what really got me into the movie was the twist! Its so incredible! You would want to pay attention (Not too much!) during the viewing. After the twist, you would want to see it again and catch all the clues. However, that didn't happen to me. If I get this on DVD, I'll see it again.
Great acting and effects and awesome writing, "The Prestige" is near-near-perfect magic. See if you like magic, Nolan films, the actors, and films with awesome twist. Remember the three acts of a magic trick. The film progresses like that and is a wonder to behold! If you have ADD, I don't reccomend it. When you get cured, check it out!
"A pretty assistant is the most effective form of misdirection."