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The Prestige (2006)

Written By Awir Aditya on Wednesday, January 20, 2010 | 10:08 PM

Genre: Drama/Mystery/Science-fiction

Starring: Hugh Jackman, Cristian Bale, Rebecca Hall, Scarlett Johansson, Michael Caine

There are always three parts to every magic act. The pledge, the turn and finally, the prestige. Robert 'The Great Danton' Angier (Jackman) and Alfred 'The Professor' Borden (Bale) are two rival magicians who once worked together as assistants for another magician. A fatal accident killed Robert's wife for which he blames Alfred. The two spent their entire life battling each other to emerge as the best magician. Alfred has a unique trick known as 'The Transported Man' with which he gains a lot of recognition. Robert attempts to do the same trick but he knows it is not the method that Alfred uses and this loss starts consuming him. He manages to get a unique device constructed by a scientist and is at the peak of his career, when suddenly the act goes wrong and he dies. Alfred is later convicted for murdering Robert Angier and is served the death sentence. The movie has a nice plot, but the first half may leave you a little lost in the story. The plot keeps moving back and forth in time and it takes a while to get a complete grip of it. The movie has a good twist in the end, but not as good as it should have been. There is enough mystery but not enough suspense to compliment it. A more dressed up end would have given the movie a better appeal.

Thumbs up: Plot, casting and performance
Thumbs down: Weak climax, mixed up story

Rating: 7.3/10
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