Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Review: The Prestige
Starring: Christian Bale, Hugh Jackman, Scarlett Johansson, Michael Caine
Length: 130 min.
IMDB Summary: The rivalry between two magicians is exacerbated when one of them performs the ultimate illusion.
This film is structured like a puzzle. The nonlinear narrative makes viewers lose their grasp on what is real and what is an illusion. With a historical backdrop, this film relies more on raw drama and suspense than it does special effects or computer animated graphics to hold viewers' attention. Bale's acting is superb throughout, teasing the audience into believing his character and then casting doubt. Jackman's acting comes off as a little forced and morphs into a rather one-dimensional performance as the film nears its climax. Michael Caine is excellent as Jackman's assistant, adding warmth and personality to an otherwise dark and mysterious cast of characters. With an intriguing plot full of twists and turns and a stellar cast, The Prestige is a roller coaster ride that leaves viewers breathless and bewildered.
Some violence and disturbing images