Quick movie review: "The Prestige"
This is one of those films that you really don't want to know too much about before you see it. I suggest skipping over lengthy reviews and feature articles until you've seen it. Here's all you need to know to make sure you are in the right theater: it is one of the two "rival magicians in the turn of the 20th century" movies out right now, and this is the one starring Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale. It is directed by Christopher Nolan, who created the atmospheric Batman Begins and the mind-bending, truly revolutionary Memento .
So go see The Prestige and then for extra enjoyment go watch Memento on DVD. In many ways, The Presitge is a hybrid of Nolan's two best-known previous films. It has Batman Begins' gorgeous atmospheric brooding, not to mention star Christian Bale, and takes you on a journey almost as mind-bending as Memento. Once again, Christopher Nolan has teamed up as director to bring to life a screenplay written by his brother Jonathan, adapting Christopher Priest's 1997 novel.
The Prestige has its faults, including the fact that Scarlett Johanssen's character just sort of leaves the story and is never heard from again, but I think in the long run this will be seen as one of the most creatively successful movies of 2006.