Prestige (2006) - Oscar® Nominee!
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From the Director of Batman Begins and Memento.
|Robert and alfred are rival magicians. When alfred performs the ultimate magic trick, robert tries desperately to find out the secret to the trick.|
"Take the movie's first words to heart: watch closely. You'll be well rewarded. David Ansen, NewsWeek
"...confirms Nolan's status as the director whose work I look forward to more than any other. Lawrence Toppman, Charlotte Observer
"...dazzling...flawlessly set up. Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide
"Nolan directs the film exactly like a great trick, so you want to see it again the second it's over. Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
Editor's NoteBritish director Christopher Nolan's (BATMAN BEGINS) eclectic resume gains another interesting entry with THE PRESTIGE. The basic plot, which concerns the rivalry between two magicians in early 20th-century London, closely resembles a fellow 2006 movie--Edward Norton's THE ILLUSIONIST--and the two films are sure to be closely compared. In Nolan's film, Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale bring the characters of Robert Angier and Alfred Bordon to life. Robert and Alfred were young magician apprentices together, but became bitter rivals as their careers began to shape their adult lives and a terrible accident claimed the life of Robert's wife. In the subsequent years Robert has become wildly jealous of Alfred's superior talents, so in a last ditch attempt to steal some artistic ground he sends his assistant, Olivia (Scarlett Johansson), to infiltrate his rival's lair and steal the secret to a spectacular trick called "The Transported Man."Nolan's film twists and turns down a number of unexpected avenues as it flits back and forth between numerous time periods, creating a movie that needs to be watched as closely as the tricks his leading characters perform. Bale and Jackman perfectly execute their roles, winding up the tension to an unbearable degree as they willfully enter into some dangerously competitive patterns of behavior. Michael Caine makes his second appearance in a Nolan film, almost reprising his role of Alfred in BATMAN BEGINS by playing Cutter, Jackman's mentor; and Johansson pouts and flounces across the elaborate sets like a classic Hollywood screen siren. Stylistically, THE PRESTIGE is full of dark, gloomy colors and a palpable feeling of menace, which is an impeccable visual match for the viewer's growing unease as the protagonists push each other to increasingly ridiculous lengths. It's not an easy film to digest, but Nolan's movie offers intelligent and challenging fare that will likely reveal further cinematic magic on repeated viewings.
The Prestige - DVD
By: Sean O'Connell filmcritic.com DVD Reviews
Published on: 2/13/2007 2:17 AM
|That's four swings and four home runs for Christopher Nolan, who remains perfect having helmed an amnesic identity crisis (Memento), an atmospheric Northwestern noir (Insomnia), and the rebirth of a cherished superhero (Batman Begins). If the writer-director answers every nagging question that's raised – and the more I think about it, the more convinced I am that he does – then The Prestige is the wunderkind director's latest in a growing line of masterpieces....read the full review|
The Prestige - DVD
By: Brian Holcomb Cinema Blend DVD Reviews
Published on: 2/25/2007 4:54 PM
|It's Batman Vs. Wolverine in the latest puzzler from the mind bending director Christopher Nolan (Memento). Christian Bale and Michael Caine from Nolan's Batman Begins join X-man Hugh Jackman for a turn of the century Victorian mystery about a pair of obsessed magicians committed to the destruction of one another. Since this is a Christopher Nolan film, the twisted tale is twisted into the most non-linear shape possible, and leads us unconvincingly from the mystery genre into outright and outrageous fantasy....read the full review|
Cast & Crew
|Christopher Ball - Executive Producer|
|Christopher Nolan - Director|
|Christopher Nolan - Screenplay|
|Christopher Priest - Based On Novel By|
|David Julyan - Original Music By|
|Jonathan Nolan - Screenplay|
|Jordan Goldberg - Producer|
|Kevin Kavanaugh - Art Director|
|Lee Smith - Editor|
|Wally Pfister - Cinematographer|