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Phenomenal Setup, Disappointing Ending - 19/3/2011 3:18:58 PM   

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The Prestige boasts two of the most talented actors working today, and the script feels original and, basically, brilliant. The story will grip you right from the off, as two budding magicians who become rivals battle it out to find the best trick (fans will say that the story is more complex than this, but that really is the story in a nutshell). However, the crescendo is such a monumental disappointment that feeling cheated is a total inevitability. My theory is that, similar to a magic trick, when the mechanics of the trick are revealed, it ceases being amazing and then just becomes obvious. I think this is what the filmmakers were going for. However, this doesn't excuse such a copout as this. Truly open mouthed ending. And not in a good way.

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The Prestige Review - 4/2/2012 10:35:17 AM   
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Full of twists and turns, The Prestige is a dazzling period piece that never stops challenging the audience.

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Magic - 26/9/2012 7:38:14 PM   


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I love how this film is such a reflection of itself. This film describes the obsessions and disastrous contributions of the world of magicians, while the film contributed its own illusions. Nolan didn't really focus on the historical detail, which is a particular relief because we were able to focus on the depth of the characters. Which really helped move the story along. It also meant I enjoyed the thrilling, unexpected and shocking moments - the ending almost killed me! Caine, Bale and Jackman, no, wait, Nolan, Caine, Bale and Jackman just made a perfect film. It was just brilliant how they made a very entertaining film without exploiting the intricacies, maturity and realism, despite not focusing on the setting itself.

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