The Prestige

The Prestige

Christopher Nolan (2006)

125min
12 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Christopher Nolan's The Prestige manages to seem both highly original and slightly old-fashioned at the same time. Its Victorian English setting is familiar from Hammer horrors but, while there have been many films with an element of magic, few have been set in the world of the professional illusionist. Robert Angier (Hugh Jackman) and Alfred Borden (Christian Bale) are two magicians whose intense rivalry dates back to a time when they were both apprentices and Angier's wife died after a trick went wrong. Fuelled by professional jealousy and personal hatred, they dedicate their talents to destroying each other. The film is told largely in flashback, as befits a director whose previous work includes the reverse-ordered Memento. Nolan constructs a fascinating tale that twists and turns at every opportunity, although there is perhaps one twist too many in a slightly overbaked dénouement. But the film is grounded by the seriousness with which he treats his material and by fine performances all round.

Summary

Victorian stage illusionists Robert Angier and Alfred Borden engage in a bitter personal and professional rivalry. The pair resort to increasingly brutal measures to sabotage each other's acts, while Angier becomes obsessed with the secret behind Borden's greatest illusion. Christopher Nolan's mystery thriller, starring Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Piper Perabo and Scarlett Johansson, with David Bowie as real-life scientific pioneer Nikola Tesla.

Cast & Crew

Robert Angier Hugh Jackman
Alfred Borden Christian Bale
Cutter Michael Caine
Julia McCullough Piper Perabo
Olivia Wenscombe Scarlett Johansson
Nikola Tesla David Bowie
Alley Andy Serkis
Sarah Borden Rebecca Hall
Director Christopher Nolan
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Warner BrosGuidance: Violence. Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 10 Nov 2006
Drama