Re: Movie thread for the music forum
posted at 8/11/2012 12:07 PM EDT
"The Prestige" - a more harrowing film you will not find. I can't even begin to describe the suspense in this film, which takes place at the turn of the century, and will remove you from reality and put you right in that setting. Obsessive, sadistic, and dark. It takes place during the era when magic was a form of live entertainment, and is based on that art form and the rivalry between two illusionists.
While a small part/cameo, David Bowie is in the movie (I know you all will appreciate that) and he plays one of my favorite people in the world of science, Tesla. Freakish. Also, Michael Caine is at his elegant, complex best.
The "prestige" is the third part of a magic trick; there are three parts. If you want a very nice laid out explanation and a review, this one is nice:
Quick summary for you (there are countless places you can check if you want more of a summary -- some of them reveal more than others in terms of the content of the film):
Obsession, jealousy, and deceit define the tense relationship shared between two turn-of-the-century magicians in Memento and Batman Begins director Christopher Nolan's dizzying tale of sleight of hand. Rupert Angier (Hugh Jackman) and Alfred Borden (Christian Bale) are London-based magicians of the highest order, both blessed with spectacular powers of deception and both cursed with unrelenting envy for one another's skills. When Alfred performs an awe-inspiring trick for which there seems no logical explanation, the friendly competition shared between the pair turns to deadly rivalry as the enraged Rupert determines to uncover his rival's deepest secrets. In the world of illusion, however, nothing is ever quite as it seems, and the rules of the physical world simply don't apply. Now, as bitter competition quickly begins to consume the souls of both performers, the firestorm birthed by their anger threatens to consume all who surround them. Michael Caine, Scarlett Johansson, and David Bowie co-star in a feature that finds director/screenwriter Nolan reuniting with brother and Memento story author Jonathan Nolan to adapt author Christopher Priest's original novel.