The Prestige

The Prestige

The Prestige
Set in a stylized late-Victorian world of dueling music-hall magicians and diabolically clever inventors, [like director Nolan's previous work], 'The Prestige' has a puzzlelike structure, zipping around in time and scattering clues throughout its busy scenes and frames.

It begins with a death and proceeds through a murder trial and its aftermath, using flashbacks within flashbacks to deepen the mystery it promises to solve and changing points of view to misdirect our attention. At the center are two ambitious young magicians, Robert Angier (Jackman) and Alfred Borden (Bale), also known as the Professor. They start out as friends and fellow apprentices, but quickly become bitter personal and professional rivals. Their enmity stems from an accidental onstage killing, and before long it is hard for them to disentangle the desire for revenge from the impulse toward one-upmanship.
2007128 minsUSA, UK
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Variety

Variety

press

Clearly, director Nolan is aiming for something else. But the delight in sheer gamesmanship that marked his breakout "Memento" doesn't survive this project's gimmickry and aspirations toward "Les Miserables"-style epic passion...

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The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Stuffed with hard-working actors, sleek effects and stagy period details, The Prestige, directed by Christopher Nolan from a script he wrote with his brother Jonathan, is an intricate and elaborate machine designed for the simple purpose of diversion...

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Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

Nolan directs the film exactly like a great trick, so you want to see it again the second it's over. I'd call that wicked clever...

3.0
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Premiere Magazine

Premiere Magazine

press

If The Prestige is something of a let down as a magic trick, it's more successful as a tale of obsession. The rivalry between the magicians is brutal and bloody and Bale and Jackman do their best work when they're plotting each other's downfall...

2.0
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Film Threat

Film Threat

press

When all is said and done and you get the full explanation of what meant what and who did what to whom, it's not fulfilling at all. It's a magic trick that's all showmanship and craft, but lacking true whimsy, ultimately failing the audience...

2.0
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A film in which Dame David Bowie acts... well?! Yup, it's that good! Well worth multiple viewings, Chrisopher Nolan's puzzle-box movie is intriguing and beautifully shot and edited. A magic film about magic. An illusion about illusions. If you enjoyed INCEPTION - you'll like this (but maybe only after the third viewing!) Proof that not all mainstream movies...

5.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

Clearly, director Nolan is aiming for something else. But the delight in sheer gamesmanship that marked his breakout "Memento" doesn't survive this project's gimmickry and aspirations toward "Les Miserables"-style epic passion...

0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Stuffed with hard-working actors, sleek effects and stagy period details, The Prestige, directed by Christopher Nolan from a script he wrote with his brother Jonathan, is an intricate and elaborate machine designed for the simple purpose of diversion...

0
Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

Nolan directs the film exactly like a great trick, so you want to see it again the second it's over. I'd call that wicked clever...

3.0
0
Premiere Magazine

Premiere Magazine

press

If The Prestige is something of a let down as a magic trick, it's more successful as a tale of obsession. The rivalry between the magicians is brutal and bloody and Bale and Jackman do their best work when they're plotting each other's downfall...

2.0
0
Film Threat

Film Threat

press

When all is said and done and you get the full explanation of what meant what and who did what to whom, it's not fulfilling at all. It's a magic trick that's all showmanship and craft, but lacking true whimsy, ultimately failing the audience...

2.0
0

A film in which Dame David Bowie acts... well?! Yup, it's that good! Well worth multiple viewings, Chrisopher Nolan's puzzle-box movie is intriguing and beautifully shot and edited. A magic film about magic. An illusion about illusions. If you enjoyed INCEPTION - you'll like this (but maybe only after the third viewing!) Proof that not all mainstream...

5.0
0