Film Review – The Prestige
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Directed by Christopher NolanCertificate: 12ARunning Time: 128 minutes.
THIS IS Christopher Nolan’s fifth feature film. Young magicians Rupert Angier (Hugh Jackman) and Alfred Borden (Christian Bale) become rivals after an accident during an underwater trick. Robert’s wife, Julia (Piper Perabo), is the magician’s assistant. Julia agrees to be tied with the preferred knot by Alfred. Even though the knot is difficult to untie while she is submerged in a tank, she insists she can handle it. Julia dies.
This then becomes a story about obsession and jealousy. They not only try to one-up each other’s tricks, but they also try to sabotage one another. In trying to ruin one another they ruin virtually everyone around them, including themselves. It is a dark psychology.
There are many twists and surprises and this film keeps you guessing right to the end. Intriguing and very watchable. It is certainly a film that you think about afterward and might want to watch more than once.
Special mention to David Bowie who plays scientist Nikola Tesla in a small but vital role.
Robert Angier: Hugh JackmanAlfred Borden: Christian BaleCutter: Michael CaineJulia: Piper PeraboSarah: Rebecca HallOlivia: Scarlett JohanssonMr Alley: Andy SerkisNikola Tesla: David Bowie
Reviewed by Patrick Harrington.