The Prestige

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British 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.
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Media Format DVD
Genre Drama
MPAA Rating PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Director Christopher Nolan
Studio Buena Vista Home Entertainment / Touchstone
Actors Hugh Jackman/ Christian Bale/ Michael Caine/ Scarlett Johansson/ David Bowie
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Prestige
4 Star Review  Rotten Tomatoes - Dec 31, 1969

Full of twists and turns, The Prestige is a dazzling period piece that never stops challenging the audience.

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Prestige, The (2006)
4 Star Review  TopTenREVIEWS.com - Mar 17, 2008

Prestige, The (2006) receives an overall TopTenREVIEWS rating of 3.03 out of 4.00. It is ranked the #907 movie of all time, #30 movie from 2006 and #519 Drama movie of all time. The rating and ranking is based on an average of 166 critic scores, awards and other criteria. To see a breakdown of the movie ranking, read individual critic reviews, or see how other movies ranked, click on the link below.

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The Prestige (2006) | DVD
4.5 Star Review  productwiki.com - Feb 18, 2011

Christopher Nolan, the genius behind Batman Begins and Memento, tries his hand at magic with his latest film. It takes place in late 19th century London and centres around the story of two rival magicians and their quest to out-magic each other. As the movie progresses you learn about the importance of the Prestige, the third act of any magic trick, when the object (or person) in question reappears. The film is based on a novel by Christopher Priest and features a stellar cast including Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale as the obsessed magicians, Scarlett Johansson as a stage assistant and incomparable Michael Caine as a prop inventor. David Bowie also has a cameo as the famed scientist Nikola Tesla. ... PROS: (1) great cinematography - a pleasure to watch (2) one of the best movies of 2006 (3) has a captivating plot with twists and turns (4) very rewatchable - youll want to see it again (5) great acting from A-list actors ... CONS: (1) very few special features on the DVD release

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British 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.
Quick Glance
Media Format DVD
Genre Drama
MPAA Rating PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Director Christopher Nolan
Studio Buena Vista Home Entertainment / Touchstone
Actors Hugh Jackman/ Christian Bale/ Michael Caine/ Scarlett Johansson/ David Bowie
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Product Title The Prestige
Manufacturer Anderson
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Power Score 4.2 | 3 Reviews
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Prestige
4 Star Review  Rotten Tomatoes - Dec 31, 1969

Full of twists and turns, The Prestige is a dazzling period piece that never stops challenging the audience.

Read the full review »

Prestige, The (2006)
4 Star Review  TopTenREVIEWS.com - Mar 17, 2008

Prestige, The (2006) receives an overall TopTenREVIEWS rating of 3.03 out of 4.00. It is ranked the #907 movie of all time, #30 movie from 2006 and #519 Drama movie of all time. The rating and ranking is based on an average of 166 critic scores, awards and other criteria. To see a breakdown of the movie ranking, read individual critic reviews, or see how other movies ranked, click on the link below.

Read the full review »

The Prestige (2006) | DVD
4.5 Star Review  productwiki.com - Feb 18, 2011

Christopher Nolan, the genius behind Batman Begins and Memento, tries his hand at magic with his latest film. It takes place in late 19th century London and centres around the story of two rival magicians and their quest to out-magic each other. As the movie progresses you learn about the importance of the Prestige, the third act of any magic trick, when the object (or person) in question reappears. The film is based on a novel by Christopher Priest and features a stellar cast including Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale as the obsessed magicians, Scarlett Johansson as a stage assistant and incomparable Michael Caine as a prop inventor. David Bowie also has a cameo as the famed scientist Nikola Tesla. ... PROS: (1) great cinematography - a pleasure to watch (2) one of the best movies of 2006 (3) has a captivating plot with twists and turns (4) very rewatchable - youll want to see it again (5) great acting from A-list actors ... CONS: (1) very few special features on the DVD release

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