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The Prestige (2006)

A Friendship, That Became a Rivalry...A Rivalry, That Became a Battle.

Original Title : The Prestige
Director : Christopher Nolan
Writer : Jonathan Nolan
Christopher Nolan
Christopher Priest
Genre : Drama
Fantasy/Thriller
Country : USA
Language : English
Producer : Christopher Ball , Valerie Dean , Jordan Goldberg , Christopher Nolan , Aaron Ryder , Charles J.D. Schlissel , Emma Thomas , William Tyrer
Music : David Julyan
Photography : Wally Pfister
Distributor : Buena Vista Pictures
MPAA Rating : Rated PG-13 for violence and disturbing images.
IMDB ID : 0482571
Official site : http://www.prestige-movie.com/
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Starring

Hugh Jackman Robert Angier
Christian Bale Alfred Borden
Michael Caine Cutter
Piper Perabo Julia Angier
Rebecca Hall Sarah Borden
Scarlett Johansson Olivia Wenscombe
Samantha Mahurin Jess Borden
David Bowie Nikola Tesla
Andy Serkis Alley
Daniel Davis Judge
Jim Piddock Prosecutor
Christopher Neame Defender
Mark Ryan Captain
Roger Rees Owens
Jamie Harris Sullen Warder
Monty Stuart Stagecoach Driver
Ron Perkins Hotel Manager
Ricky Jay Milton
J. Paul Moore Virgil
Anthony De Marco Boy
Chao Li Chi Chung Ling Soo (as Chao-Li Chi
Gregory Humphreys Policeman
John B. Crye Voice
William Morgan Sheppard Merrit (as W. Morgan Sheppard
Sean Howse Man
Julie Sanford Elegant Lady
Ezra Buzzington Ticket Hawker
James Lancaster Moderator
Olivia Merg Jess Borden - Toddler
Zoe Merg Jess Borden - Toddler
Johnny Liska Scalper
Russ Fega Man in Hotel
Kevin Will Man in Hotel
Edward Hibbert Ackerman
Christopher Judges Burly Stagehand
James Otis Blind Stagehand
Sam Menning Blind Stagehand
Brian Tahash Blind Stagehand
Scott Davis Carriage Driver
Jodi Bianca Wise Glamorous Assistant
Nikki Glick Housekeeper
Enn Reitel Workman
Clive Kennedy Warden
Rob Arbogast Leonard
Chris Cleveland Will
 

Plot

A mysterious story of two magicians whose intense rivalry leads them on a life-long battle for supremacy -- full of obsession, deceit and jealousy with dangerous and deadly consequences. From the time that they first met as young magicians on the rise, Robert Angier and Alfred Borden were competitors. However, their friendly competition evolves into a bitter rivalry making them fierce enemies-for-life and consequently jeopardizing the lives of everyone around them. Set against the backdrop of turn-of-the-century London.
 

Comments

Storytelling at its best!, 21 October 2006 Author: Craig Estrella (Surecure) from Toronto, Canada The Prestige is a masterful exercise in storytelling with superb direction and powerful performances by a grand ensemble cast. From set and production design to cinematography, from script to presentation, Christopher Nolan has once again demonstrated why he is one of the film world',s brightest up and coming directors. The Prestige only helps solidify his standing as one of the landmark directors of his generation.Told in a narrative that jumps between various points along its time line, playing out like a magic act itself, the story is that of two magicians on the rise in their careers. The first -- played by Christian Bale -- is an expert in understanding the fundamentals of any trick, but lacks showmanship. The second -- played by Hugh Jackman -- is a master showman who is more entertaining than technical. A tragic series of events pits the two performers against each other in a battle of wits that spirals further and further out of control, consuming both of them and everything and everyone they care about.With a story that requires actors with a great deal of emotive range, Nolan has assembled what could be described as a dream cast. Both Bale and Jackman suit their respective roles perfectly, and pitting these two performers against each other was a stroke of casting genius. Michael Caine takes what could have been a forgettable role by any lesser actor and elevates it with his demanding screen presence. Probably the most surprising performance comes from David Bowie whose unforgettable turn as master physicist Nikola Tesla absolutely shines. Add Andy Serkis to the mix, and what is assembled is a group of performers who know how to fully engage the audience.The Prestige is hard to pigeonhole into any specific genre as it walks the fine line between mystery, drama, suspense and fantasy. In that, the story becomes a never-ending stream of wonder for the mind: one can never tell exactly where the story is going to lead next, becoming more and more as time goes on. This gives Christopher Nolan ample opportunity to play. And play he does. With narration by several characters, each adding their own viewpoint to the events, and with a direction that moves between time to mystify and distract, the end result is a climax that itself is a series of puzzles that each unravel beautifully.The only major criticisms that can be leveled at the Prestige are a confusing play with the seasons during Tesla',s introduction (winter suddenly becomes spring/summer and back again) and a strange choice of music for the closing credits (a pop song at the end of a film such as this seems tacky). However, neither is significant enough of a problem to warrant any need to avoid the film at all.In the end, the Prestige is a fantastic display of what can be accomplished when you bring together superior talent. It is certainly worth the price of admission and as good as any magic show you are to come across.
 
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