The word “prestige” originally meant a trick, from the Latin “praestigium,” meaning “illusion.” The Prestige, Christopher Nolan’s follow up to his breakout film Memento (which any good TRC listener would remember has already received the recasting treatment) is our movie of the week. I’m a little off of my game in this one. It could have been the bubble guts I was dealing with, or the fact that this movie has 146 FREAKING TIME JUMP CUTS! On top of that, each character has several names. I DID THE BEST THAT I COULD, GODAMMIT! I still think I did a pretty good job keeping it all together, considering what I was up against.
The movie stars Christian Bale and Hugh Jackman as rival magicians who would stop at nothing to best each other. This is not to be confused with The Illusionist, which is the other movie about a magicians in turn of the century England that came out the same year. Bale and Jackman are supported by some really strong performances by Scarlett Johansson, Michael Caine (second week in a row), the rare appearance by Andy Serkis as an actual human, and a fun turn by David Bowie as Nikola Tesla. Bowie initially turned down the role. It wasn’t until Nolan flew out to England to explain that Bowie’s larger than life persona was the only way to make the idea of Tesla successfully building a teleportation machine believable. I have to say, I think he was right.
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