The Prestige is directed by Christopher Nolan and stars Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale, Scarlett Johansson and Michael Caine. It's follows the story of two men, Robert Angier and Alfred Bordan. They once were friends, but after a magic act gone wrong killing Robert's wife, they both drift apart becoming enemies.
In my first time seeing this movie, I can say that this is definitely one of Christopher Nolan's best films. Of all his films, I think this one has the most interesting characters and story.
First off, the tension between Bale and Jackman was fantastic. You see, Robert believed Alfred was the one who killed his wife, and we see the two go head to head through extreme magic acts. They each try to compete to become better than the other, and it's what was the main drive of the film. The tension was raised and stakes were higher through the extreme competition of the two. Both actors did good acting playing these mad men.
Secondly, the ending was outstanding. It was a very big plot twist, comparable to Se7en or Nolan's other masterpiece, Inception. Without spoiling anything, the ending comes as a bit of a surprise. The whole film felt like a magic trick, which is what the film explores. The final scene was like a prestige, or that final part of the trick which amazes the viewers.
The movie explores the theme of competition and greed. It shows how some humans will go to extreme measures to defeat others. We slowly see the decline of Albert and Robert. They become so attached at beating each other that it affects their personal lives. Christopher Nolan did an excellent job displaying these themes in his movie.
Overall, this is a magnificent film. Seeing both characters become villains of each other was brilliant. The ending was also very unexpected and a stroke of genius. This is one of Nolan's best films. I think it would be my second favorite of his (first being The Dark Knight of course).
MY SCORE: 10/10