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The Prestige
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Starring: Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale, David Bowie, Michael Caine, Scarlett Johansson
MPAA Rated: PG-13
Released By: Touchstone Pictures
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Kiddie Movie: The magic would be cool, but for the most part they'd be bored.
Date Movie: It's good for the both of you.
Gratuitous Sex: Talk and smooching.
Gratuitous Violence: Some shooting and dying.
Action: Nah.
Laughs: Not really.
Memorable Scene: All of the magic scenes were pretty cool.
Memorable Quote: Nothing stands out.
Directed By: Christopher Nolan
Produced By: Christopher Nolan, Aaron Ryder, Emma Thomas

The Prestige
A Movie Review

MPAA Rated - PG-13

It's 2:15 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
During "The Prestige" the narrator, Cutter (Michael Caine), explains that as we watch The Prestige part of a magic act, sure there is the part of us that would like to know how it is done, but for the most part, we donít want to know because that would, in the end, ruin our fascination with magic. I say, "Screw that." I want to know how the trick is done, down to every detail, and you know what, knowing that will make seeing the trick just as cool. Maybe Iím not like everyone else. Anyway, letís get to "The Prestige."

Robert Angier (Hugh Jackman) and Alfred Borden (Christian Bale) are rival magicians. At first they are lowly helpers for a generic magician in England, but then tragedy strikes, and Robert blames Alfred for the death. And so, as our two power players try to stake their claim as the best magician in England, they tend to keep sabotaging each other, and trying to make the otherís life miserable. So goes most of the movie. Alfred falls in love and has a kid, much to the dismay of Robert, Robert has a great trick which Alfred destroys by wearing a disguise. Alfred comes up with this great trick about a man who transports himself, and now, the trick is really if Robert can figure out how Alfred does it. The thing is that both men are obsessed, only one man has a better secret than the other but Iím not going to give that away, although I will say that secret is not Nikola Tesla, played by David Bowie.

There is love in the movie, as Robert has one, Julia (Piper Perabo), loses it, then falls for Olivia (Scarlett Johansson), but screws that up too. Alfred has his, Sarah (Rebecca Hall), but only on certain days. Meanwhile, Cutter is doing his best just to try and keep the two fools from destroying each other.

I would really like to give a better synopsis than that, but in doing so it would give way too many things away. In then end both men have fabulous tricks, one a little more diabolical than the other, and pretty much they both get their due.

Christopher Nolan, the director of "The Prestige," does a great job at keeping you guessing throughout the film, and Iíve got to give great acting props to Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale for playing their parts as rivals perfectly. The only problem I did have with the movie, and it was a big problem, was there were a lot of times it seemed to drag, and although some may say every scene was necessary for the full plot development, I say thatís crap because some scenes just were like "come on already, I want to know how Alfred transported himself."

As much as I was fascinated, and kept trying to figure out the magic involved, there were just too many times when I just wanted them to get on with it. I know the scenes were cinematic and what-not, but sometimes Iíve got no time for what-not, I just want the answer, and for me, "The Prestige" took too long to give it to me. It is a really good movie, but for too many slow times Iíve got to only give it 3 Ĺ stars out of 5. Iíd say it would still be a good full-price film, just be ready for the 2 ľ hours of it.

Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!


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