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The Prestige

Released on 12 March 2007

Featuring: Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale & Michael Caine

Format: DVD | Rating: 12 years & over

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From acclaimed filmmaker Christopher Nolan (Memento, Batman Begins), comes a mysterious story of two magicians whose intense rivalry leads them on a life-long battle for supremacy with dangerous and deadly consequences.

From the time that they first met as young magicians on the rise, Robert Angier (Hugh Jackman) and Alfred Borden (Christian Bale) 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.

Full of twists and turns, The Prestige is set against the backdrop of turn-of-the-century London, with an exceptional cast that includes two-time Oscar winner Michael Caine, Scarlett Johansson and David Bowie.

Based on the novel by Christopher Priest.

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 A superb, engaging thriller.

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Well directed and superbly acted, an engaging thriller of the kind that makes your head hurt afterwards. Half the fun of The Prestige lies in trying to guess the twists. Enough to say you won't get them all, it's downright clever. A great night in. At this price, it's an absolute bargain.

 Abracadabra...

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I'd read Christopher Priest's novel prior to watching this movie adaptation so I did know what to expect with the twists and turns that were to come. However, I was still thoroughly impressed with what Chris Nolan had done with the material. With the assistance of a hugely impressive cast, including a fantastic double act of Christain Bale and Hugh Jackman as the warring magicians Rupert Angier and Alfred Borden, a typically superb turn by the ever-reliable Michael Caine, a suitably strange performance by David Bowie as Nikola Tesla and Scarlett Johanssen as the beautiful girl that comes between the two of them, the film is certainly never lacking in style. Constructed with as much care and precision as a magic trick itself the narrative is expertly structured with multiple layered flashbacks and some interesting themes and concepts. We are told at the beginning of the film that a magic trick consists of three parts (the setup or 'pledge', the performance or 'turn' and the final reveal or 'prestige) and the film itself can quite clearly be seen as a three part movie with the pledge, turn and prestige all present and correct in the unravelling narrative. This is a movie that will definitely benefit from multiple viewings with the true cleverness of the script only becoming apparent on a second, or third, viewing. Watching the film on DVD finally provides the viewer with the option of rewinding and pausing the action at any point so as to fully comprehend the expert mechanics of the unveiling mystery. Sure, like a magic trick itself the film will obviously lose its aura of mystery once the viewer is aware of the answers, but the true strength of Chris Nolan's film lies in it's ability to rise above its 'twist ending' and become a thoroughly enjoyable, wonderfully directed film in its own right. 'The Prestige' certainly seemed like a strange film to make after the big budget gothic grandeur of 'Batman Begins' but it is by no means a lesser film. Chris Nolan shows he is a hugely talented director more interested in the art of filmmaking and storytelling than the size and budget of the film. With 'The Prestige' he examines the true extent of obsession and what some people will do to achieve their dreams and desires. And, on this evidence, he is fast becoming one of the most interesting, consistent directors around. Now, that's magic...

 No.1 Film

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Hats off to Christopher Nolan who has done a spectacular job at directing the all-star cast and subsequently made my favourite film of all-time.

The acting is spot on; stand out performances from Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale (not to mention Michael Caine's superb bit-part) convey every bit of the drama on to the audience with no punches pulled. Your pity is bestowed on pretty much every character in the film at some point but the brilliant drama is only an illusion for the amazing ending that quite frankly blew me away.

For £2.99 I have never seen a better offer. I strongly recommend this movie if you have any interest in Mystery, Drama and/or film classics. An alternative to this would be the more action oriented Batman Begins, also directed by Christopher Nolan; it happens to be one of my slightly less favourite films. The Prestige + A Night In = Time Well Spent.

 It will keep you gripped until the very end

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The Prestige is yet another brilliant film from Christopher Nolan whose attention to detail, particularly when it comes to story telling, is second to none. This continues to enhance his career, following on from Momento and Batman Begins, and is one of the best films I have seen in months (in fact this year so far). The story for a start has so many twists and turns that it will keep you entertained until the very end. The acting, as you might expect from actors such as Christian Bale (much underrated) and Hugh Jackman are brilliant. In fact Christian Bale in particular shows yet again what a diverse talent he is and that his ability to assume personas equals that of Jonny Depp, Edward Norton and Gary Oldman.

The story is as beautifully scripted as it is directed. You really get transported back to the turn of the century as the costumes and set designs are also extremely convincing. Even though I don't usually go for these sorts of films (costumes period dramas) the subject matter, acting and directing make this a joy to watch.

Basically I'm not going to tell you anything about the film directly as this might give the game away and spoil your enjoyment, however I will say that it is the best film I have seen all year and one which, after seeing once, is one my list to buy very soon.

 Unforgetable yet under rated!

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What makes this movie so incredible is that while it is indeed a movie about magicians (or illusionists) it is also a complex character study about how self destructive obsessions are with a sideline love story and a sci-fi twist. A unique plot with an amazing cast--any of whom could believably garner an Oscar nomination. Christian Bale was amazing in one of his rare cockney performances. We already know from Kate and Leopold how well Hugh Jackman plays a distinguished English gent. He's absolutely priceless. Is there any point in discussing Sir Michael Caine? He brings polish to the movie.

This is the kind of flick that you can discuss for weeks after. The plot is so detailed and complete and open to interpretation.

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ActorsHugh Jackman, Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Scarlett Johansson, David Bowie, Andy Serkis, Ricky Jay & Piper Perabo
DirectorChristopher Nolan
Certificate12 years and over
Year2006
ScreenWidescreen 2.35:1 Anamorphic
LanguagesEnglish - Dolby Digital (5.1)
Duration2 hours and 15 minutes (approx)
RegionRegion 2 - Will only play on European Region 2 or multi-region DVD players.