27 September 2011

The Prestige

The Prestige is a 2006 mystery thriller film set in the late 19th century. It is directed by Christopher Nolan, the director of Batman Begins, and Memento. The screenplay was adopted from the 1995 novel, The Prestige by Christopher Priest. This is a film about magic. No, not clown tricks. Magic. Robert Angier and Alfred Borden are magicians in London. Their talent of performing magic turns into an obsession, and turn their friendship into a competing war. One of the had to be better than the other. They were both trying to create the next best illusion, to impress their audience, make more money, and feel content that they were better than their rival.

I think one if the most interesting features of this film is that it has a nonlinear narrative structure. This means that the film is not played from a step-by-step perspective. For instance the ending of the story can be portrayed in the middle of the film. The main reason I truly enjoyed this theme is because the structure carries the intensity of the film unto another level. The suspense in this movie is out of this world. The characters duality, sacrifice, obsession, and life full of secret was so real. Also, the acting was phenomenal. It has you sitting on the edge of your seat, wondering, confused, excited, and somewhat impatient.

Another thing that definitely caught my attention in this production is the cinematography. The Prestige was nominated for Academy Awards Best Cinematography, and Best Art Direction. That says enough, doesn't it? In addition to that, I also enjoyed the plot and the screenplay of this film. Christopher Nolan and his brother, Jonathan Nolan worked on the script for an estimate of five years. I think it was interesting that most of the filming was done in Los Angeles. They searched and hunted for old looking building and environments to shoot.

Featuring Christian Bale as Alfred Borden, Hugh Jackman as Robert Angier, and David Bowie as Nikola Tesla. Yes ladies, awesome isn't it? And, what's a cast with such good looking men withouth the oh so lovely ladies? Starring Scarlett Johansson, and Rebecca Hall. Yes gentlemen, both of them.

The Prestige is a definite must-see, two thumbs up film.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o4gHCmTQDVI

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