I have mentioned before I love Christopher Nolan, so I went back to see if I had missed any of his films and this is one that had slipped by. I can’t recommend it highly enough. Two magicians vie to create the greatest illusion, and the story turns round and round until the Great Reveal at the end. My favorite kind of movie.
I have to admit though, I skipped the first 3 minutes of the film because I don’t always like to watch the names scrolling by, and in doing so I missed the big misdirection that creates the illusion later. I can’t believe those 3 minutes were so important. So I went through the movie thinking the mystery was not so hard to unravel, read the movie box again where it said, “You will want to watch this over and over,” and thought maybe I had missed something, and popped it back into the player again. Those first 3 minutes are crucial.
Also, halfway through the movie I got interrupted and had to take a break, and I started mulling over Nolan’s other films, specifically, Following (1998) and Memento (2000) where the stories are told BACKWARDs and I started wondering if he was doing that again. I would say in The Prestige he swirls the story forwards and then back and then forwards again and it does work outstandingly well. Why wasn’t this one nominated for awards?
Anyway, highly highly recommended if you like a good mystery story. Stars Christopher Bale and Hugh Jackman and Scarlette Jo Hansen.
Oh, also, has David Bowie playing Nikola Tesla which is ten kinds of awesome all by itself.