27 August 2010
The Prestige (2006)
Now you're looking for the secret. But you won't find it because of course, you're not really looking. You don't really want to work it out. You want to be fooled.
So basically: Two young magicians, Alfred Borden and Robert Angiers, are working for the same man, but when a trick goes wrong and the female assistant, Angier's wife, dies, Angier blames Borden. Now, both are trying to out smart the other in a bloody rivalry spanning several years.
Let me just say that the book is much better. Even if you don't like the movie, give the book a try, it had a whole different feel. And if you liked/loved the movie, then defs check out the book! This movie is about two magicians rivalling each other, but the film itself is also a magic trick - and according to Cutter, a magic trick has three parts. So does this movie. And the prestige at the end of the film is spectacular. The first two times I saw this movie (granted they were very far apart) I could not see what was to come. I was completely glued to the screen trying to figure out how they did their magic and what was with the Tesla machine. Even if you know the film, it's still brilliant. You can see it from a different point of view and appreciate it that way. Also, I know a lot of people felt gypped about the Tesla machine, but I think that it went well with the story.
This movie totally deserves to be on the list.
Ziggi seal of approval!