Movie of the Week: The Prestige (2006)

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Christopher Nolan directs Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale and Michael Caine in this Victorian tale of stage magicians who enter a bitter rivalry of revenge, deceit and one upmanship that lethally consumes them both. 

One of the most intricately put together dramas of the current century, confidently taking in murder mystery, science fiction and real historical figures as it marches us through its labyrinth. I love that this is a rare great Hugh Jackman performance away from Wolverine, that Bale’s secret hides in plain sight throughout the narrative and post-various twists and credits there is an entirely new film to enjoy on repeat viewings. It moves from a tale of two magicians to a tale of three?… four?… 103? Utterly brilliant.

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