The Prestige Movie 2006
At its core, making movies is a magic act. At its earliest days, cinema were often used as a luxurious, encapsulating way to dazzle and spellbind audiences through the art of editing and photography. Once again, Christopher Nolan pays his respects to the foundations of filmmaking through his work, particularly with his fifth film, The Prestige, which can often be ignored for what it is: one of Christopher Nolan's best, most enrapturing feats.
Boasting two impeccable turns from Christian Bale and Hugh Jackman, The Prestige is the director's twisty, intensely (and inventively) suspenseful mystery-thriller which provides a number of twists and turns, while never using them solely as a cheap way to keep the audience's attention — particularly from its constantly moving slight-of-hand.
Instead, The Prestige is a dynamic, vigorous look at obsession and deception, reminding viewers of the great wonders and thrills that can come from an incredible bit of magic, while also providing a pulsating, head-spinning look at the world of magic-makers, and how the concept of creating a twist of fate can often leave one removed from what should be obvious in front of them, and how playing God can often make someone disconnected from their own fragile reality. Plus, this is also a wonderfully entertaining movie to boot.
Christopher Nolan is, in many respects, one of our greatest working magicians, creating spellbinding cinematic achievements that constantly dazzle and spellbind audiences of all ages. In that respect, The Prestige is the director's ode to the wonders (and dangers) that come from this deceptive profession, and how the greatest trick that a magician can pull is to make you believe that the impossible is possible, and how fiction can be a reality — at least, in the moment they have you under their spell.