Film & DVD Review: The Prestige (2006)

  • Directed by: Christopher Nolan
  • MPAA Rating: PG-13 for violence and disturbing images
  • Running Time: 128 minutesThis is Christopher Nolan’s fifth feature film. Young magicians Rupert Angier (Hugh Jackman) and Alfred Borden (Christian Bale) become rivals after an accident during an underwater trick. Robert’s wife, Julia (Piper Perabo), is the magician’s assistant. Julia agrees to be tied with the preferred knot by Alfred. Even though the knot is difficult to untie while she is submerged in a tank, she insists she can handle it. Julia dies.

    This then becomes a story about obsession and jealously. They not only try to one-up each other’s tricks, but they also try to sabotage one another. In trying to ruin one another they ruin virtually everyone around them, including themselves. It is a dark psychology.

    There are many twists and surprises and this film keeps you guessing right to the end. Intriguing and very watchable.It is certainly a film that you think about afterward and might want to watch more than once.

    Special mention of David Bowie who plays scientist Nikola Tesla in a small but vital role.


  • Director: Christopher Nolan
  • Screenwriters: Jonathan Nolan, Christopher Nolan
  • Based on the novel by: Christopher Priest
  • Producers: Emma Thomas, Aaron Ryder, Christopher Nolan
  • Executive producers: Charles J.D. Schlissel, Chris J. Ball, William Tyrer, Valerie Dean
  • Director of photography: Wally Pfister
  • Production designer: Nathan Crowley
  • Music: David Julyan
  • Costume designer: Joan Bergin
  • Editor: Lee SmithCast:
  • Robert Angier: Hugh Jackman
  • Alfred Borden: Christian Bale
  • Cutter: Michael Caine
  • Julia: Piper Perabo
  • Sarah: Rebecca Hall
  • Olivia: Scarlett Johansson
  • Mr. Alley: Andy Serkis
  • Nikola Tesla: David Bowie
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