It begins with a death and proceeds through a murder trial and its aftermath, using flashbacks within flashbacks to deepen the mystery it promises to solve and changing points of view to misdirect our attention. At the center are two ambitious young magicians, Robert Angier (Jackman) and Alfred Borden (Bale), also known as the Professor. They start out as friends and fellow apprentices, but quickly become bitter personal and professional rivals. Their enmity stems from an accidental onstage killing, and before long it is hard for them to disentangle the desire for revenge from the impulse toward one-upmanship.
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BY adamatdramatrain superstar
A film in which Dame David Bowie acts... well?! Yup, it's that good! Well worth multiple viewings, Chrisopher Nolan's puzzle-box movie is intriguing and beautifully shot and edited. A magic film about magic. An illusion about illusions. If you enjoyed INCEPTION - you'll like this (but maybe only after the third viewing!) Proof that not all mainstream movies need be dumb :)
I thought Batman Begins was awesome so I was keen to check out another Nolan film with Christian Bale. I wasn't disappointed.
I think I missed the point of the previews as I was expecting a sort-of comedy but it really isn't. Jackman and Bale are very good as friends-come-rivals and the plot twists that take place are very well executed.
The supporting cast are great too -- Caine is great and Bowie was really surprising!!
One of those movies that constantly keeps you guessing, and has you sitting down for hours afterwards, picking apart various plot points and key moments. Both Bale and Jackman are outstanding (and Michael Caine is his usual brilliant self) - even Scarlett Johansson was bearable! Definitely one of the better movies I've seen.
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