The Prestige (2006)
Director: Christopher Nolan
Cast: Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale, David Bowie, Michael Caine
Synopsis: Robert Angier (Hugh Jackman), his beloved wife Julia McCullough and Alfred Borden (Christian Bale) are friends and assistants of a magician. When Julia accidentally dies during a performance, Robert blames Alfred for her death and they become rival magicians, sabotaging the performances of one another on the stage. When Alfred performs a successful trick, Robert becomes obsessed trying to disclose the secret of his competitor by seeking the help of famed inventor Nikola Tesla (David Bowie). Now with the help of his assistant Cutter (Michael Caine) he will attempt his own version of Borden’s trick.
Trivia: Nikola Tesla was a world-renowned inventor, physicist, and engineer. For a while, he conducted electrical experiments at his lab in Colorado Springs, where he was also known for his eccentric behavior. Alfred Borden takes on the stage name of “The Professor”. This is the nickname that was given to Dai Vernon, the man many consider to be the best modern day sleight of hand magician.
Why I think you should see this: I just love Christopher Nolan’s work he seems to get better with each film since Batman Begins and this one doesn’t disappoint. In my opinion this is Hugh Jackman’s best performance and Christian Bale is pretty awesome too. It’s also pretty fun to see David Bowie in a film again and he is pretty cool as Nikola Tesla. This is quite a complicated film so I didn’t want to give much away with my synopsis. I was a little skeptical because it was a movie about rival magicians but it kept me interested from start to finish. Definitely worth checking out sometime.