Monday, March 05, 2007

The Prestige

Review by Anny

Looking for something that will make you think and keep you guessing till the very end? If so, you will enjoy The Prestige, starring Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale, Michael Caine, and Scarlett Johansson, among others. The film takes place in London in a time when magicians were the celebrities. Two young magicians (Jackman & and Bale) work to become the best they can, the big faces in the show, learning from the already existing great magicians. But when the most dangerous of acts becomes gruesome tragedy, it turns the two of them into enemies, who will stop at nothing to destroy each other. Magic becoming more important to them then their own families, the two men begin to damage not only each other but also their loved ones. When the new invention of electricity is combined with elements of their magic and cruelty to each other, the story becomes even more twisted and leaves the lives of everyone around them unpredictable.

The film based on a book of the same title written by Christopher Priest shows the great imagination of the writer. It brings the topics of vengeance, pride, deceit, and over all brutality to life, while giving a mind boggling thrill. At times during the film it feels a little slow, only to be thrown a curve ball that will get you asking yourself what just happened. Throughout the film it leaves every door open and many questions unanswered till the ending when the greatest Prestige is revealed.

Although the film may not be categorized as a feel good, suspense thriller, with a twist of a love story, The Prestige carries a deep mystery all of its own. If you find yourself scratching your head, be sure to watch it one more time. And remember, not everything is as it seems.

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