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I've read Christopher Priest's novel about dueling late 19th-century London magicians. It's a novel written in epistolary format with each chapter and section written as entries into the journal of one of the main characters in the story. The novel itself is pretty straightforward as it tells the story in near chronological order. I was hesistant to embrace this film adaptation when I first heard about it since alot of the mystery of of the story wouldn't translate so well in film if they followed the strict order of how the story was told in the novel. For Christopher Nolan and his brother, Jonathan, to just adapt the novel straight-out would've made for a dull and boring mystery-thriller.Read more ›
Set in the world of magic, two practitioners (Bale and Jackman) start out together in an act devised by Michael Caine. When a tragedy strikes, Jackman loses his wife and holds Bale accountable. Though they go their separate ways, they never mentally disconnect. Jackman plots revenge, Bale retaliates and their lives become a complex game of one-upmanship--as each strives to be the better illusionist, to boast the better trick. The film is a sleek and nasty mechanism as rage and jealousy propel the action. While this has left some people feeling cold--there is no one to particularly root for--I found it refreshingly mean spirited and believable. Jackman and Bale both give great, passionate performances. Whether or not you like the movie, I think it would be hard not to see that these are two undervalued performers getting a chance to do some "big" acting. Caine is terrific, as always, and Scarlett Johansson is perfect as a woman caught between the feuding warriors.
As you might expect from a Nolan film, there are some surprises--some tricks to be revealed in the film's prestige.Read more ›
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Wonderful movie. One to watch several times over and still enjoy and be intrigued. Any Christopher Nolan fan will love it.Published 4 days ago by Arthur Taracks
A mind bending thriller that I feel I have to watch a few more times. Definitely recommend this movie.Published 10 days ago by Nicolas
This movie is excellent. one of the best movies ive seen in a good while and truly one of the most entertaining edge of your seat movie ive ever seen. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Grant.
One of my top five. Had to watch it twice because of so many plot twists and flashback scenes.Published 15 days ago by Henry Kaminski
Great film filled with intrigue and mystery!
Excellent writing, direction, performances.
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