Evelyn GoughIn the Picture

The Prestige

Directed by Christopher Nolan

Rated M

Even today in the 21st century when were surrounded by the wonders of modern technology magicians can still draw a crowd and have us gasping in astonishment. Look at Siegfried and Roy and their beautiful white tigers.

Of course half the fun is waiting for something to go horribly wrong. Which it still does. Look at Siegfried and Roy and their white tigers!

Think how incredible magic shows would have seemed to a much more naive and gullible population at the beginning of the 20th century. People were still just getting used to the marvel of electricity. Magicians were at the height of their popularity; they were the rock stars of their generation. Of course, we dont go to a rock concert hoping to see our idol die a gruesome death in front of us on stage!

In director Christopher Nolans latest film, Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale play Rupert Angier and Alfred Borden, rival magicians in London at the beginning of the 20th century.

They werent always rivals. They used to be friends and colleagues but a tragic and preventable accident destroyed their relationship and began a lifelong rivalry that would also end in tragedy.

I love films that transport you to another world or another time and The Prestige certainly does that. Its a thriller, its a mystery, its a drama. I found it rivetting and atmospheric.

The impressive cast also includes Michael Caine as Cutter, David Bowie as Nikolas Tesla, Scarlett Johansson as Olivia Wenscombe and Andy Serkis as Alley. All give superb performances.

Every trick consists of three parts. The Prestige is the final part. The grand finale which leaves the audience astounded. Be prepared to be fascinated and astounded at The Prestige.


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