The Prestige (2006)

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Christian Bale and Michael Caine are re-united with director Christopher Nolan in this beautifully crafted period mystery which sees two magicians locked into an escalating vendetta after a trick goes wrong resulting in the death of Hugh Jackman’s wife.

Nolan proves himself once more to be as masterful at misdirection as the illusionists themselves, producing a wonderful looking and cleverly scripted tale of revenge that’s full of twists and turns. His favoured method of disjointed timelines works very well, feeding the audience important plot elements at strategic intervals, keeping you guessing until – well, nearly the end. When the final twist reveals itself, it does take a certain amount of suspension of disbelief but hey, this isn’t a documentary. The performances are all extremely watchable, although Scarlett Johansson doesn’t really have too much to do except look pretty, but she manages to muddle through on that score.

The Prestige is yet another quality slice of popular entertainment from one of the most consistently good directors working today.

8.5/10

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