Do you like movies? If so, do you like movies in the drama/mystery genre? Well there is one movie in particular that I would like to talk to you about. This movie is full of drama, suspense and mystery. It is titled The Prestige. This is my favorite movie of all-time and is based on the Christopher Priest novel with the same title. This film is engaging and keeps the audience guessing throughout just like a magician would do during a show. This movie uses flashbacks to perfection.
At first you come into the movie confused and not knowing what is going on, but after the first few moments a flashback happens which gets you interested. Bit by bit the movie starts making complete sense “until by its end the film’s brilliant, complete picture is crystal clear” (The Prestige Movie Review). This story takes place in the beginning of the 20th century in London and follows two rival magicians named Robert Angier and Alfred Borden. Both main characters in the movie are deceiving, obsessed, are full of jealousy, and are only looking for fame to become the better of the two magicians.
Both men enter the movie as friends but leave as enemies, because of at he accidental death of Roberts’ wife, and ultimately tragedy. Both magicians are searching for the ultimate magic trick “The Transported Man“ and will do anything to sabotage the other mans tricks. In the end Robert figures out the trick with the help of famed scientist Nikola Tesla. In the end Alfred Borden ends up killing Robert Angier in a twisted ending that nobody saw coming. The climax of the story is not until almost the very end of the movie. Alfred Borden is being sentenced to death by hanging for the “staged” murder of Robert Angier.
When asked his final words he replies, “Abra Ca Dabra. ” The screen switches to the still alive Robert Angier and a bouncing red ball in a basement full of his cloned dead bodies in water tanks. The ball bounces to him and he is shot. Appears Alfred Borden or his twin brother. This reveals the trick of his transported man. Robert is stunned, and after a conversation between the two, he ultimately dies, and Angier is the last magician standing. The title of the movie refers to the ending climax or “Prestige” of a magic trick. In a magic trick there are three acts. “Every great magic trick consists of three acts.
The first act is called “The Pledge”; The magician shows you something ordinary, but of course… it probably isn’t. The second act is called “The Turn”; The magician makes his ordinary some thing do something extraordinary. Now if you’re looking for the secret… you won’t find it, that’s why there’s a third act called, “The Prestige”; this is the part with the twists and turns, where lives hang in the balance, and you see something shocking you’ve never seen before. ” (The Pledge) Those were the first and last lines of this movie. The pledge, is where the magician tells what the trick is about.
The turn, where the magician shows you something ordinary and makes it do something extraordinary. Last, the prestige, this is the part in the trick that is twisted and is suppose to leave the audience in awe over something never seen before. This title after watching the movie makes great sense. The pledge is the beginning when the characters are introduced. The turn is when the two characters become enemies and are trying to find the perfect trick. The pledge is the ending when the unexpected happens. This is when you find out how Alfred Borden has a twin brother and reveals his trick and ultimately ends up shooting Robert to death.
This Ending gives you the theme that things aren’t always what they appear to be. In movies usually there is always a person that you like or dislike. This is not the case for this movie. Both Robert Angier and Alfred Borden have their flaws. Robert Angier seems obsessive and is not really likeable due to that obsession. Borden his counterpart, also seems very obsessed, although not to the same extent as Angier, and is unfaithful to his wife Sara due to the double life that him and his twin brother live. This is a movie that is intended, in my opinion, to be viewed multiple times.
I myself went and watched this movie twice in theaters just because it was that good. This is the only movie I have went twice to see. Many other people often leave the movie confused and not really knowing what just happened. This is in part due to the fact that the director of the movie (Christopher Nolan) loves to use flashbacks in all of his movies. This is why I suggest that you pay full attention to the little things in the movie and you won’t be needing to see it a second time. But, if you still leave the movie confused, it is definitely worth the extra price of admission.
Since this movie was released in 2006 it is no longer in theaters. I suggest you go to a rental store or just any other store that sells movies and buy it. It’s definitely worth the price.
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