My wife and myself discussed it all the way home from the movie theater. Look out too for David Bowie's appearance as a Serbian scientist! I thought he did what he did towards the end was a kind of penance to what happened in the beginning, hoping to kill two birds with a single stone, to exact the sweetest revenge he could possibly muster. Christian Bale was amazing in one of his rare cockney performances. A unique plot with an amazing cast--any of whom could believably garner an Oscar nomination. Quite apt to describe how things work out during the movie, or to describe in general, Nolan 's films so far.
There are perfect explanations of the value of secrets, and how secrets can sometimes be used as tools for deceit. Meantime, there's a message in its madness. Solid performances are all around, with Michael Caine adding dignity and depth as the old master, Scarlett Johanssen as the as the lovely stage assistant who becomes the third point in a twisted love triangle, and even Andy Serkis Gollum! In retaliation, Angiers kidnaps Borden's manager and ingenieur Fallon and forces Borden to hand over the cipher to his stolen diary where Angiers believes the secret is hidden. Isn't that what both movies and illusions ask us to do? And although some people thought the plot line a bit tedious, I found it to be refreshingly complex and engaging, while not being so complex as to lose you. You just know, and it's just that feeling of being totally transparent with time. That added richness to lift the movie to a superior plane.
Tesla builds Angiers a machine that clones him and makes another man. Both men want to make it big in 19th century England, and when Angiers' wife dies accidentally during a trick it sets up a blood feud that never dies as each man tries to outdo the other. The work is epic in sweep, beautifully filmed, and strongly acted. An impossibility, since Borden has been hanged. The translation sends him to Colorado and to mad genius Nikola Tesla David Bowie. The workings of the complicated illusions are gorgeously brought to life via smartly detailed apparatus that replicate the actual mechanics of Victorian legerdemain.
The Prestige opens with magician Alfred Borden Christian Bale being sentenced for the murder of competitor Robert Angiers Hugh Jackman. . And Michael Caine took on this engineering role as Cutter, responsible for assisting Rupert Angier Hugh Jackman with loyalty and conviction that they could, as a team, beat Christian Bale's Alfred Borden. Two stage magicians engage in competitive one-upmanship in an attempt to create the ultimate stage illusion. And this movie lives up to its namesake to a T. My friend and I have been discussing various nuances of this film for the past 3 weeks.
He brings polish to the movie. The acting is superb as well as the plot. Borden comes to one of Angiers' shows and destroys a victimless bird cage trick, maiming another audience member and nearly sinking Angiers' career. It's smart in delivery and slick in presentation. The only objection I had to the film was that it was a little long, but once you leave the theater you will discuss the film and it many twists and turns.
I was floored by the deftness of how Nolan weaved and juxtaposed the non linear narrative so flawlessly. Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale and Sir Michael Caine all contributed stunning, emotional performances. The Prestige is the third act of any magic trick, with the first and second acts being the Pledge and the Turn. Borden does, but asks Fallon to take care of his daughter. Is there any point in discussing Sir Michael Caine? It definitely stays with you.
Angiers goes to the warehouse where he kept all his duplicates, where he's confronted by Borden. While the usual techniques is to use placeholders, or flashback sequences, colours etc, here, time is so fluid, but yet the audience will know precisely which era they're in, without being explicitly told, or working too much of the noodle. And who cares if the illusions are mundane or scientifically unbelievable? This is the kind of flick that you can discuss for weeks after. What makes this movie so incredible is that while it is indeed a movie about magicians or illusionists it is also a complex character study about how self destructive obsessions are with a sideline love story and a sci-fi twist. The acting performances by Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale and Michael Caine were the best I have see in a long while. Angiers then does the Transported Man, where the man in the machine drops into a water tank under the stage and drowns.
Borden is framed for killing Angiers, who vanishes and become Lord Caldlow. Watch The Prestige 2006 Full Movie Online 1080p Free Streaming. The film then rewinds, starting off when the two men were assistants to another stage magician in London. At the end of the movie, one quote popped into mind: Misdirection - what the eyes see and the ears hear, the mind believes. It's always a shade of grey in what they do, and for Alfred Borden, I felt it's more for survival and the provision for family, which is a strong subplot running through the film.
It keeps you interested; it keeps you guessing right to the shocking but most appropriate end. Production : Syncopy Runtime : 2 hour 10 Countries : Tagline : Are You Watching Closely? The soundtrack was hauntingly mesmerizing, capturing the look and mood appropriately. Storyline: In the end of the Nineteenth Century, in London, Robert Angier, his beloved wife Julia McCullough and Alfred Borden are friends and assistants of a magician. Besides the better understanding of the common body of scientific knowledge, things like having pretty assistants to distract, and having planted staff amongst the audience, somehow made me a sceptic to tricks and illusions, and try harder to spot at which stage had things undergone a sleight of hand. Hugh Jackman too showed that he could play a dark character, as the two leads tackled their characters' theme of sacrifice, arrogance, and ultimately redemption, especially for Rupert Angier. I have not been so captured and entertained in a long time. Do yourself a favour, if there's one movie you absolutely must watch this week, then Prestige must be your natural choice.
What more could you ask for? A film is a visual medium and this one is a visual ten. Angiers finds a double to duplicate the illusion, but becomes a laughing stock when he's outed. Even though the movie clocked in at slightly more than 2 hours, you don't feel its length at all. Angiers sets off the powder keg by slipping a bullet into an empty gun for a bullet catch trick, blasting off two of Borden's fingers. I was especially enamored with the screen writing and how tightly and beautifully the visual metaphors tied in with the writing, and with the impact of the human message about obsession, competition and retribution carried to the extreme. More importantly, it introduced me to the notion and importance of a loyal engineer behind the scenes who designs elaborate contraptions solely for the magician's use, and how having disloyal staff can indeed be detrimental to any leaks of secrets.