The Prestige: WARNING THIS TREAD CONTAINS A MASSIVE AMOUNT OF SPOILERS!!!!
I rented this movie on DVD and watched it with my cousin.
Firstly what an incredible movie. There are certain movies that truely don't derserve the hype and I don't remember that there was a lot of hype for this movie at all...unfortunante because it would have deserved it.
I put this movie two steps above Minority Report. As soon as I saw the beginining I knew it was going to be a mystery type movie with at least a couple of twist and turns.
The first twist me and my cousin are sort of boggled at...mostly because it's potentially the last twist but was offered first.
Which is...The twin of Anjio shows up before Anjio knew he's made duplicates of himself...Was this really a look alike or was it really a duplicate.
I say it was a duplicate...because the old man was working for Borden and the old man assured Angio that he could find someone that look close enough...but this guy was just alike....Incredible...who's right?
I'll have to watch it again.
that guy was a look alike not a clone. i believe this because up until he shoots his clone later on in the movie he never stepped inside the machine because he was too scared. which would many any clone of his would also be too scared.
Resynchronizing with RealitySorry, You're Not a Winner
18th April 2006
I watched this when it was first released in the cinema's over here in England and i was stunned by what an incredible film it was. I even remember writing a review for it for an essay at school. If i can get that piece of work i will write the review here as well.
But until then, all i can say is you have to watch this film. It's probably out on DVD over here too, so i will keep my eye out for it.
TurdFerguson;3558421that guy was a look alike not a clone. i believe this because up until he shoots his clone later on in the movie he never stepped inside the machine because he was too scared. which would many any clone of his would also be too scared.
but didn't he step inside the machine once before and nothing appeared to happen?
I watched this one last night and didn't think much of it. The tied the story together with a fictional machine that supposedly makes clones. A real winner doesn't need a magical machine to have a fantastic story.
Btw im pretty sure the good magician had a REAL twin brother, while the other fellow just made clones of himself.
Well, one has to take into acount the theme that the film is written in, that things don't aren't always what they appear, and sometimes the inventors make mistakes. Magical Machines appear in many great stories, like the "Time Machine" or "Back to the Future", and everything is meant to be fictional, because fiction is entertaining, while the world of the real has limits.
As towards Anjino's look alike. The movie skips back and forth for a while, he only went to Colorado to see Tesla after he had broken his leg in the accident resulting from the look alike's betrayl. So he couldn't have come from the machine as it hadn't been built yet.
I figured out the plot from three things, one the opening titles with the short passing by of the hat covered hillside, two the opening teleport scene, and finally the scene with the failed teleportation of the hat. What I was surprised about was that Borden had a twin, though I had a feeling for a while that when he went to Tesla the same mistake may have happenned and they simply worked out a deal rather than have one kill the other as Anjino did, but I doubt it as I recall Borden (2, Borden 1 was being executed) telling Anjino of him playing tricks on people as a boy with his twin brother and he had no reason to lie to him having already shot him, though the thought remains, because, in it that he was a local, wouldn't someone have noticed that he had a twin.
Overall, it was a very good film, well written, well acted, well directed, though I find the happy ending the Illusionist a bit more entertaining and warm hearted.
But back then there was no word for clone twin...could merely mean clone in this case. And this "Twin" brother had the same motivation as Borden...He chopped off his own fingers for this trick...that sounds like something only a copy would do...this twin NEVER hesitated to do it and Borden didn't have a problem asking it of him...litterally as though they were of the same mind.
Not to mention that Borden early on makes mention of his great magic trick...Anjio in the begining before his wife's death ask has he done the Great trick and Borden says no...no ones ready for this trick just yet. Borden seems like he's already figured it out...He's already been to Tesla there in is why he gave his code as Tesla to Anjino..
Borden couldn't figure out what he was doing for the Transported man not knowing he was doing the same thing he'd done but had just dressed it up as a transportation....thinking that Tesla had figured somthing else out...
But then Borden was the the smarter of the two...he should be able to figure out, not to mention that Tesla seemed genuinely puzzled by the fact that the machine didn't work but that only implys that Borden had figured it out or that his clone had met him later and told him....
i'ts confusing...I'll have to see it again.
The way you interpret the movie is all up to you. The director purposely didn't really talk about the plot too much in the DVD for that matter. When you force the audience to form a common view on a piece of art, like film, it loses its appeal.
I loved the movie, and I didn't know it was based on a book of the same name. The author approved of the movie personally, I've read.
What were your preceptions?
I was so confused at some of my conclusions as you can see above.
The only thing I'm truely confused about is which Borden tied the knot which set off the whole rivalry. I don't think that it was Borden's clone, as Borden didn't have the money to pay Tesla for such a device. Angier was loaded, apparently.
And when Borden was talking about his Great Trick towards the beginning, I think that was just his optimism amd pride talking.