The Bottom Line
- The face off between Christian Bale and Hugh Jackman is everything you want it to be
- The sets, costumes and dialogue perfectly capture the era
- David Bowie tantalizes in a tiny but crucial role
- Telegraphs the twists too far in advance
- Love Scarlett Johansson, but would have preferred a more mature actress in the part
- Needed a little less talk, a little more magic
- Starring Christian Bale, Hugh Jackman, Scarlett Johansson and Rebecca Hall
- Filmed in and around Los Angeles
- Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale studied with magicians in order to get into character
- Christian Bale and Michael Caine worked with director Nolan on Batman Begins
- Rated PG-13 for violence and disturbing images
- Theatrical Release Date: October 20, 2006
Guide Review - "The Prestige" Movie Review
Alfred Borden (Bale) is a great magician, far better than his contemporary Robert Angier (Jackman). Yet Alfred's not as popular with the people as Robert. Robert's got a real flair for showmanship and his performances not only showcase his talent, but do so with such style that audiences can't help but fall victim to his charms. Alfred's style is more cut and dry, so much so that no matter how impressive the trick, the paying customers rarely get caught up in the act.
But Alfred's got something going for him Robert can't top. Alfred's crafted an incredible trick that doesn't even require elaborate staging in order to mesmerize audiences. Fueled by jealousy, Robert and his associate, Cutter (Caine), plot to uncover the secret of Alfred's trick. As the two magicians engage in a furious battle over Alfred's show-stopping number, they drag each other, and those they're closest to, toward a potentially deadly showdown.
What Works & What Doesn't
The sets, attitudes, and period elements are stunning; the era comes to life on the screen in The Prestige. Each member of Nolan's cast is up to the challenge of fleshing out a film with magic at its core. Bale and Jackman perfectly embody their characters and there's an incredible meshing of actor and role.
Had the Nolans held their cards closer to their vests for the first half of the film, The Prestige would have been one of the best of the year. As it is, the film's just a decent way to spend a couple of forgettable hours.