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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)

Actors: Hugh Jackman/ Christian Bale/ Michael Caine/ Scarlett Johansson/ David Bowie

Director: Christopher Nolan

Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment / Touchstone


Product Title: The Prestige

Manufacturer: Anderson

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Power Score: 4.2 | 3 Reviews

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Full of twists and turns, The Prestige is a dazzling period piece that never stops challenging the audience.
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By Rotten Tomatoes - Dec 31, 1969

Prestige, The (2006)

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...
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By - Mar 17, 2008

The Prestige (2006) | DVD

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...
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By - Feb 18, 2011

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