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The Prestige

Title: The Prestige
Directed by:
Christopher Nolan
Written by:
Christopher Nolan, Jonathan Nolan
Year: 2006

There are various reasons to like a film, but an advantage with liking a film because of the directing and script is that is very likely that one will also enjoy other films by that same director and scriptwriter. After watching Memento, I knew there was a fair chance that the Nolans’ other films might entertain me as well. The Prestige proved me right on that account.

The Prestige is a less complicated film than Memento, but the story focusing on the vendetta between to rivalling stage magicians in early twentieth century London is complicated enough. It is a film mainly about secrets, both professional and personal. It is about possession and about the lengths at which these men are prepared to go to protect their own secret and unveil those of others.

This film is beautifully made in almost every way: the script is intricate enough to be interesting without feeling contrived, the picture is excellent and the acting does not fail to match the general quality of The Prestige. Still, the film does not have that certain something which would have made it truly great. I think this is because of the fact that the secrets in film are perhaps not interesting enough, although portrayed in such an excellent manner that this is hard to spot at first. This leaves me feeling somewhat unsatisfied at the end, and this is the reason The Prestige will be awarded “only” four snails. I look forward to watching more productions from the Christopher and Jonathan Nolan.

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