Monday, 9 May 2011

The Prestige - REVIEW

Film of the Day #75/ 300

Like every great movie, every great magic trick consists of three parts or acts. The first part is called ‘The Pledge’. The magician shows you something ordinary. The second act is called ‘The Turn’. The magician takes the ordinary something and makes it do something extraordinary. Now you're looking for the secret... but you won't find it, because of course you're not really looking. That's why every magic trick has a third act, the hardest part, the part we call "The Prestige". An engaging portrait of obsession and the dark competitive spirit of professional magicians, Christopher Nolans’ 2006 movie The Prestige is a beautifully crafted and stylishly unique period piece that captures its audience leaving them mesmerizingly spellbound. Like a great magician, Christopher Nolan makes the pledge, takes the turn and delivers the prestige. This is a master-class in storytelling with superb direction and powerful performances by a grand ensemble cast. Nolan once again demonstrates why he is one the worlds’ most visionary filmmakers able to intertwine and weave a magical tapestry of twists and turns with an overwhelming potential to bewitch the masses. “Are you watching closely?”