Monday, October 23, 2006

Movie Review - The Prestige

"The Prestige"
Directed by Christopher Nolan
Cast: Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale, Michael Caine, David Bowie, Scarlett Johansson

The movie's tagline is - Are you watching closely?

Well, one can't help not to. It is quite rare to find a noteworthy movie these days. I got to see "The Departed" a few days ago and being a Scorsese fan the movie didnt falter, but when I discovered it was actually a copy of the original HK version "Infernal Affairs" I was somewhat ticked off..

There are a couple of "stage magic" movies these days. One is "The Illusionist" starring Edward Norton (haven't seen this one yet but it also looks promising). The other is "The Prestige" - a story about 2 rival magicians during the early 20th century. A bitter feud between them sparked a lifelong battle to discover each other's secrets.. The ultimate goal for each magician was to decipher the ultimate trick - that of the "Transported Man". And this is what catapults the movie into a rollercoaster of twists and turns. Just when I thought I figured out what the ending was (my main premise was the disappearing bird on a cage trick), the plot will surprise you with another, more plausible twist. Cool!

Grab your popcorn now. :)

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