THE PRESTIGE [2006] review

May 26, 2007 · Print This Article

This is my second attempt at writing this review, as the first was lost. I had written at length about how it was peculiar that often Hollywood produced two movies with the same theme in the same year (i.e. comets with “Deep Impact” and “Armageddon”). So when both THE PRESTIGE and THE ILLUSIONIST were released in 2006, Hollywood had done it again. Now, in my ILLUSIONIST review I wrote how it was the best movie I had seen in quite some time, and no doubt it was my favorite of all 2006’s movies. THE PRESTIGE is very different in tone, and features far less mystifying magic for the simple fact that it reveals how too much magic is done. THE ILLUSIONIST smartly reveals almost nothing, and perhaps truly nothing.

THE PRESTIGE is very well made and very well acted, and I liked all the scenes with Tesla, but like so many movies these days, there isn’t a single character to like. Both main characters are very unlikable people throwing away perfectly good things in order to one-up the other (both are magicians). The ending was violent and most unsatisfying.

Michael Caine, however, was outstanding as usual, a long-time Jacked-in fave.


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