The Prestige is one of my all-time favorite movies. I absolutely love it. Jackman and Bale are both fantastic in their roles as magicians who start out as friends, then rivals. Their rivalry escalates into a full-scale battle, and wicked twists and turns ensue, nothing is as it seems. At the beginning of the film, Michael Caine tells the audience that every magic trick consists of 3 parts, or acts; The Pledge, The Turn, and The Prestige. Upon the first viewing of this movie, you may not see this, but while watching The Prestige, you may realize that it very cleverly works upon these three acts, and in the movie's Prestige, every thing is revealed, over Jackman's character's death.
Christopher Nolan is one of my favorite directors, I love the two Dark Knight films (even though 'Begins' is slightly overrated), Inception is absolutely perfect and amazing, and though I haven't gotten around to it yet, I very much look to viewing Memento.
I'd go as far as to say that The Prestige is my favorite Nolan movie; I like it even more than The Dark Knight, and Inception, films which I would also score 100%.
This is a film that blends action, drama, mystery and even a bit of sci-fi to steely perfection. It is definitely worth seeing at least twice, and on a side note, Hugh Jackman completely got snubbed an Oscar nomination for best actor, as did Nolan for best director, and the film itself for best picture.
The Prestige is an interesting, mind-boggling, dazzling, and very entertaining and visceral film with bravura acting, direction, set direction, art direction, atmosphere acting and script. As far as supporting cast, Michael Caine and Scarlett Johansson both shine in their roles. This is a must see film that you'll still be thinking about days after you view it, traces of it visual style, elements of the rich story, and especially the shocking, and unexpected ending will never cease to linger in your mind.