The Prestige - 6.5/10
Finally got the chance to see this recently and it made for interesting viewing. That said, I do think it's some distance away from Christopher Nolan's best. Although I found the flow of the movie to be a bit disjointed in the first half hour or so, the storytelling method is pretty ingenious; the film flows exactly like an elaborate magic trick would.
I found the acting to be more one-dimensional than I was hoping for and was more disappointed in Christian Bale's performance than anything. Even more so than Scarlett Johansson's performance and a poor attempt at a working-class London accent. I would've expected a more well-nuanced, complex character than what Bale portrayed, especially in light of the final twist. I didn't think the two big reveals at the end were all too surprising. You either had to think of the most ridiculous thing to happen (otherwise plausible in fantasy land) or the most reasonable thing and you got both. What's more important is, the film does a good job of lulling the viewer to sleep before the revelations and it succeeds there. The film sets the tone that you'd have to suspend your disbelief a bit, especially from the opening scene, which made the ridiculous revelation easier to accept. Still, it feels the sci-fi bit thrown in is lazy (I've yet to read the book though).
Good film, but nowhere near a somewhat similar film of Nolan's, Memento, in delivering a near-flawless film.
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