Movie Recommendations: #52

The Prestige(2006)

Director: Christopher Nolan

Starring: Hugh Jackman,Christian Bale,Scarlett Johansson,Rebecca Hall,Michael Caine.

the prestige

 

The Prestige is a drama film which follows two rival magicians in London as they battle it out on the stage to achieve supremacy over one another.

Through magical realism, The Prestige depicts the cut-throat rivalry between Robert Angier(Hugh Jackman), an upper-class showman with the stage-name “The Great Danton”, and Alfred Borden(Christian Bale) stage-named “The Professor”, a working class magician willing to play it dirty. Their obsession with destroying each other at any cost forms the crux of the film.

As is the norm with stage magicians,Christopher Nolan traps the audience in an illusion through beautiful art direction and cinematography.The plot follows the three stages of a magical illusion described by Michael Caine’s character John Cutter-The Pledge,where the audience is introduced to an ordinary object;The Turn,where the object is is subject to an extraordinary change; and The Prestige,where the original object is brought back, leaving the audience in awe.

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