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Movie Review – The Prestige (2006 – United States)

Updated on May 29, 2012

Hugh Jackman & Michael Caine in The Prestige

I have to admit—by way of disclaimer—that I had to watch this film twice in order to figure out the plot. But this was not because the story is poorly told (it's wonderfully told) or that the script or acting is bad (all are top notch), but purely because Hugh Jackman is so damned gorgeous that the first time through, I simply sat in (contented) slack-jawed wonder.

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The lady in love with magic: Scarlett Johansson in The Prestige

David Bowie (as Nikola Tesla), Hugh Jackman, Andy Serkis in The Prestige

Once you get past that (not that you'll want to), you get to the really good part—the mystery and magic of visual storytelling that rises above Hollywood blather and becomes a true work of art. The hand-held camera follows the characters through the maze of Victorian London and a world of intentional illusion, and we are slowly allowed to penetrate the darkness and watch the plot unfold. The foreshadowing of that plot—and it's a twisty and twisted one, no doubt about it—is handled splendidly, with the grace of a Christopher Nolan, a film maker who actually assumes that his audience is SMART! Imagine that. So. You're a smart person. You'll like this movie. 'Nuff said.

Highly recommended, but only if having to think about a movie is okay with you.

Copyright © Roberta Lee 2012. All rights reserved.

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Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense

Rated: PG-13

Running Time: 2 hr. 10 min.

In Theaters: Oct 20, 2006

On DVD: Feb 20, 2007

Box Office: $53.0M

Distributor: Buena Vista Pictures

Directed By: Christopher Nolan


Hugh Jackman - Robert Angier

Christian Bale - Alfred Borden

Michael Caine - Cutter

Scarlett Johansson - Olivia Wenscombe

David Bowie - Tesla

Rebecca Hall - Sarah

Andy Serkis - Alley

Samantha Mahurin - Jess


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      DIYmyOmy 6 years ago from Philadelphia, PA

      Do you have a favorite movie in which magic plays a large role? If so, please use the Comment box to let me know......

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      DIYmyOmy 6 years ago from Philadelphia, PA

      Yes, just an all around great cast and direction that treats the audience with respect. Bowie is an added plus--he's terrific as Tesla.

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      thatmovieguy71 6 years ago

      I love this movie! Very underrated. I agree with you that Christopher Nolan treats his audience with intelligence. Jackman, Bale, and Caine are all really good. I liked David Bowie in this as well.