The Prestige: Watchlist #11

Christpoher Nolan’s 2006 action movie transports viewers into the immersive world of Nineteenth century magic.  Not real magic mind you, these men and women are performers only, but the unravelling of their trickery is quite possibly more fascinating than the real thing.  This film teaches us to find the same thrill as the main characters in discovering the inner workings of an act.

The Prestige’s star studded cast includes Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale, Scarlett Johansson, and of course Michael Caine.  This brilliant tale of two rival illusionists, each bent on destroying the life of the other is perfectly realized by some truly brilliant acting.

My favorite part of this film is the story’s structure, which Nolan has proven himself to be a wizard of in the past.  Since a Nolan film is only as good as its conclusive twist, I won’t spoil it, but suffice it to say that with The Prestige he work’s magic once again.

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