The Prestige movie review - Aussieboyreviews


This engaging mystery-thriller directed by Christopher Nolan is intelligent, moving and follows twists after twists. The Prestige stars Christian Bale and Hugh Jackman, with an undeniably staggering concept about rivalry between two magicians.


After a sudden tragedy, two fellow magicians become enemies as they devote themselves and sacrifice everything to create the ultimate illusion.

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Movie details

Director: Christopher Nolan
Cast: Christian Bale, Hugh Jackman, Scarlett Johansson, Michael Caine, David Bowie, Piper Perabo, Rebecca Hall, Samantha Mahurin
Writer: Jonathan Nolan, Christopher Nolan
Release Date (Australia): 16 November 2006
Runtime: 130 minutes/2h 10m
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Language: English


Themes (M)

The film contains scenes depicting murder, death by drowning, suicide and an execution by hanging.

Violence (M)

The film contains depictions of people being shot with blood detail.

Coarse Language (PG)

The film contains use of the words “bloody” and “bastard”.

Sex (G)

The film contains a very mild verbal reference to a woman “sleeping with” another man.

mpaa rating

PG-13 (for violence and disturbing images)

Aussie boy's thoughts

Christopher Nolan’s intelligent rivalry between two magicians is unpredictably twist after twist. The Prestige just happens to be the amazing result of Christopher Nolan executing an extremely intriguing concept he co-wrote with his brother, Jonathan Nolan. When the Nolan brothers work together, they usually end up constructing a very fine and crowd-pleasing story. And The Prestige is one of them.

This is a very moving and smart mystery sort of drama-thriller with talented performances delivered from Christian Bale and Hugh Jackman, about a tragic accident that leaves Bale Jackman’s greatest enemy. The film’s pacing is briefly slow but mostly solid, and the story is really easy to get engaged with.

However, it’s hard to describe the movie’s intelligence in its twist-after-twist matter without dropping some severe spoilers you’re not gonna wanna head into the movie with. You just have to watch it yourself. Thankfully, The Prestige is also not a film that’s a complete pain to watch again, considering the little details you’ll discover each rewatching.

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