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The Prestige

 

The Diva's review of
The Prestige(2006)

 

The Prestige PG-13; running time of 2 hours and 13 minutes
Genre: Drama
Written by: Jonathan Nolan and Christopher Nolan, based on the novel by Christopher Priest
Directed by: Christopher Nolan Cast : Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Scarlett Johansson Rebecca Hall, Piper Perabo, David Bowie
U.S. Release Date: 10/20/06


WARNING - SPOILERS BELOW.

The Digest

As Cutter tells it: “Every great magic trick consists of three acts. The first act is called "The Pledge"; The magician shows you something ordinary, but of course... it probably isn't. The second act is called "The Turn"; The magician makes his ordinary some thing do something extraordinary. Now if you're looking for the secret... you won't find it, that's why there's a third act called, "The Prestige"; this is the part with the twists and turns, where lives hang in the balance, and you see something shocking you've never seen before. :

Alfred is on trail for the murder of his former friend and as told through flashbacks during the course of the murder trail we learn of their lives together over the past 5-10 years. In 1895 Rupert Angier (Hugh Jackman) and Alfred Borden (Christian Bale) and Rupert's wife, Julia (Piper Perabo), are assistants to a magician. They are the best of friends. Alfred believes that they aren’t daring enough and wants Julia’s trick to be a little more death defying. She agrees, but Alfred and the man who designs all of the tricks, Mr. Cutter (Michael Caine) disagree, they want to exercise caution. When no one is looking, Alfred and Julia make the trick harder and as a result, she dies. Rupert blames Alfred and won’t forgive. Rupert also wants answers. And he means to get them by any means necessary. Thus a bitter rivalry is born with each man trying to create bigger and more elaborate tricks to outdo the other and sometimes, its not just the tricks. Sometimes, this rivalry results in bodily harm.

The need to one up each other leads Rupert to Colorado Springs where he meets up with Nikola Tesla (David Bowie) who has made an extraordinary machine. Rupert believes that Alfred is using this machine and he wants one bigger and better. But is this one step too far?

 

The Dish

If I had two complaints it’s way too long and it had a sort of Mad Magazine’s “Spy vs. Spy” a concept that got funny and tedious all at the same time. This movie is well acted and the story is interesting and unique. I loved the twists, but the truth of the matter is it was just too long and the pacing is off. It makes me sad when such great performances are muted by a story that wasn’t reigned in. That said, I’m not entirely sure what could have been cut. Maybe cutting all the drama concerning Thomas Edison would have saved about 10-15 minutes.

 

The Directive

The Prestige is a good movie. But its not a great movie. I would strongly suggest going during the day when its not so easy to fall asleep.

 

3BC Ratings

yellow light

 

Magical? Not so much.


Copyright Kamal "The Diva" Larsuel-Ulbricht, 2006
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