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Review of The Prestige (2006)

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actually I have a question that can not understand all the time : it seemed Michael Caine knew Bale´s secret ( ******* ), but when ? from the outset ? if he knew that , I think he should tell Jackman the truth, because he did not like Bale at that moment.

lol, by the way, I really do not like that ************-Tech in this film.

Added by Roby
11 years ago on 3 February 2007 07:59


Posted: 11 years, 5 months ago at Feb 5 12:30
just a tip, perhaps write 'SPOILER ALERT' for those who still didnt see this film, as you gave away to two big secrets in your review. :)
Posted: 11 years, 5 months ago at Feb 5 13:58
ooops, sorry Prelude, I edited my review, thanks .
Posted: 11 years, 5 months ago at Feb 5 17:59
and to answer the comment, no, I dont think that Caine knew Bale's secret, not until the very end. I think he was mad at Jackman, because he felt Jackman went too far in what he did to Bale, that's why he helped Bale out.

I think that's the biggest difference between the two 'illusionist' movies; 'The Prestige' and 'The Illusionist', and why some love one/hate the other film. I found The Prestige tried too much to explain every single trick and every single plot twist, so it gets the audience involved in the behind-the-scene magic tricks, yet then the story throws that pure sci-fi machine at you, beyond the realm of any sort of possibility, and no attempt to even explain how it could work, and you're supposed to just buy it, when all you've been doing in rest of film is figuring out all the tricks.

The Illusionist, on the other hand, they never explain anything to the audience, not even the orange tree or other little tricks, that by half way thru the movie, you're actually believing there are supernatural forces at work and he's more than a 'performer', and the the ending throws you for a complete loop and it ends without any explanation on how any tricks happened, and i loved that effect a lot more.

But in the end, both films are unique, even though they both deal with Illusinists, and I recommend both films to everyone. I'm glad to see Hollywood put out such great films without swearing, without extreme bloodshed, and with a decent plot set in a historic timeframe.

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