By ERIN HOLBERG
York Catholic High School
A story filled with suspense and excitement, “The Prestige” (2006) tells the deadly tale of two rival magicians, Robert Angier (Hugh Jackman) and Alfred Borden (Christian Bale), engaged in a life-long battle for trade secrets and superiority. As the rivalry becomes more and more intense, it turns the two conjurers into murderers.
From the time they first met as amateur magicians in turn-of-the-century London, both Angier and Borden were opponents. And now, with the solution to the unsolvable trick, the Transported Man, within close grasp, both must endanger their lives and the lives of everyone around them in order to find the coveted prestige — the secret behind a successful trick.
“The Prestige” was incredible, leaving me on the edge of my seat until the end. Fortunately, most questions that arise while watching the movie are answered by the end of the story; oddly, most in the last two minutes before the credits roll. Believe me, the ending will leave you amazed and completely shocked.
I would definitely advise renting “The Prestige” so you can watch the movie in the comfort of your home, where you can chow on some popcorn at no extra charge, wrap yourself in a warm blanket and have easy access to the remote. The only bad thing about seeing “The Prestige” in the theater was that pausing the movie to work out any confusing questions was obviously impossible, and with so many twists and turns and occasional flashbacks taking place, it was sometimes hard to stay on track.
But to avoid any confusion, make sure that you can answer “yes” to one question:
Are you watching closely?