The Prestige (2006)

The great director Christopher Nolan created this brilliant film, ‘The Prestige’, in 2006. One that is truly addictive, yet confusing. You’ll be hooked from the beginning, and the great discovery will be revealed at the end and I urge you to wait for it. I didn’t see any of it coming. So trust me, if you want a film to shock you and never expect an ending, this is one to choose; intense yet spectacular just like any other Christopher Nolan film.

The trailer is brilliant in portraying the magical aspect and the rivalry between Borden and Angier, but it doesn’t lift it to the expectations of how good the film actually is. This is a good thing as you don’t get your hopes up for the film, however it is a good intriguing trailer. But I would still go as far to say that the film is better. The trailer even makes you think about things that are not necessarily true in the film, so you have to watch the film to get the right vision. Overall, the trailer is a good interpretation of the film, so if you are impressed by the trailer, the film will impress you more.


The cast is well-known and remarkable, obviously there are no faults in Christian Bale, Hugh Jackman, Scarlett Johansson, and definitely not the outstanding Michael Caine. So not only is the film excellently directed and portrayed, the actors and actresses play each character superbly. This film reveals the tricks in magic, but also more intently the overpowering obsession of discovering one’s secret. The latter is portrayed through the rivalry between Alfred Borden (Christian Bale) and Robert Angier (Hugh Jackman).

This film doesn’t have a linear plot, you are thrown to different parts of the two main protagonists lives, back and forth. At first, I found this quite confusing, but it just adds to the intriguing element of the film. I found a way to find it less confusing was to pay attention to the mise en scène of the film, for example the outfits that were different when they grow up and also the locations where key, as this told which time they were in, if it be the past, present or future. The cinematography is brilliant in ‘The Prestige’ as it creates an age in time and makes it believable for the audience. You find yourself wanting it to jump through time more, as it tells you things from the future, then later you discover little aspects of the past that make sense in the parts that you’ve already seen, just when you want to know more about the past, you are taken to the future and vice versa; this is repetitive throughout the film.

Alfred and Robert

During the film, there is more of an insight into Hugh Jackman’s character rather than Christian Bale’s. Although, the film still follows both. This adds to the secrecy of the film, and for you to want to know what is going on even more. Everything you witness within the film makes you wonder whether that’s the truth or not and you don’t discover anything until the very end. This just portrays how addictive the film is.

I would say that ‘The Prestige’ is probably not suitable for younger ages. The plot is confusing and complicated, as it is definitely a complex film. Additionally, there is some violence through the use of guns. However, this is not an action or crime film, but more of a mystery, so I would say not strict on age limits.

If you want to be dragged into a film and watch unbelievable surprises, this is the film to pick. It is a magical film told in a way I’ve never seen before; stressful and intriguing, yet very clever. The moral is to not become obsessed with someone else’s secrets, you never know where it will get you.


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