What I've Been Watching: The Catch-All Film Thread
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January 12th, 2009, 17:44
Finally a few good movies after so much mediocrity
Guy Ritchie's latest gangster chaos. I won't bother to explain this, you either know
Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels
or you've missed something.
is exactly like them, but "only" good. B. A for the other two movies.
Dir: Christopher Nolan (Memento, Batman Begins, The Dark Knight), with Christian Bale, Hugh Jackman, Michael Caine, Scarlett Johansson and David Bowie.
"Prestigio" is the third act of a magic performance on stage. The part in which the artist shows the surprising solution and is rewarded with applause.
Two illusionists in London ca. 1900 are
about being better than the other. Espionage, sabotage, dirty tricks … and much more. This is a calm, fascinating, very well played movie (exception: Scarlett Johansson makes nothing out of a great opportunity) full of surprises. Two talented and very intelligent enemies try to catch each other in a spider's web. The twist ending is logical, hints are spread throughout the movie. The Prestige has many layers, it gets even better the 2nd time. It's quite untypical that neither of the main characters is sympathetic. Both are addicted, both receive equal screen time. The viewer doesn't really know who is good or bad, if any.
The movie reminded me a bit of The Usual Suspects, without being strikingly similar. An obvious A.
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