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Simon Templer
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The reviews, the trailer, the cast. theprestige.movies.go.com
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Yeahhh, I'm pumped. Smile
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Simon Templer,
Thanks for the link.

A star-studded cast.

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I'm going to a preview screening on Thursday. Unfortunately, it's only one day before it opens. But I'll try and post a review.
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Been waiting for months - actually, years (although, at the time, I didn't know it was going to be a movie...)

After you see the movie, you have to read the book, it is inevitible that, although the story is the same, the way the reader understands how everything fits together is going to be completely different.

In the book, the reader follows the grandson of one of the two magicians as he meets with an ancestor of the rival magician's family. Together, through reading a diary and the meticulous magic journal of these two magicians, these 'strangers' discover...

Ok... you just have to read the book. Don't know how well it will play out on the screen, but as you read the book, you feel that the particular magician you are reading about is the 'good guy' and vice versa later on.

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Here is an interview of the actors. Check out Nolan's response when asked what he thought about exposure:

http://www.scifi.com/sfw/interviews/sfw13910.html

Funny, I didn't recognize David Bowie in the film until now. Smile
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Simon Templer

You are a saint! Thanks

This movie looks great.

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The Prestige opens TOMORROW!!!! WOO HOO!
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I found it interesting what Hugh thought of Magicians. In the past they were equivalant to movie stars and people bought into the schtik. Now not so much........ Do you think it is because we have SOOOOO many magicians now? SOOOO many bad ones??

http://movies.msn.com/movies/hitlist/10-17-06?GT1=7701[/b]
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DON'T WORRY -- NO SPOILERS. Smile

Okay, just got back from a screening of "The Prestige." I liked it a lot, and so did my son. We each rated it 3 stars (out of 4).

Surprisingly, there was not much actual magic in the film; there were some small peripheral effects (bullet catch, flower production, linking rings, coin-rolling, etc.) but it basically centered on a few similar stage tricks. The story was much more about obsession and revenge than about magic. I found both leads to be very believeable as magicians and thought it interesting that while one of them was supposed to be a better "magician," the other was a much better showman.

Actually, there was much useful advice in this film about showmanship.

I saw some of the twists coming, but the reveal at the end ("The Prestige," to use the film's parlance) took me completely by surprise and explained a lot of the things that came before it.

Derek; I will have to get the book. "Diaries" played a very large part in the screenplay, but all in the present tense of the story (although there were a lot of flash-backs and -forwards).

There was some exposure ... I'm not going to spoil it, but I'll be interested to read what you all think about it. All in all, I highly recommend this film as especially interesting for magicians, but enjoyable for non-magi.

--d.
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On 2006-10-19 14:36, boboshempy wrote:
Simon Templer

You are a saint!

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Oh baby, I've been waiting for this!

My screening starts in EXACTLY 6 hours... What if I die before then?

I too was able to pick up on some of the twists in the book - and the final reveal of the Prestige(s) was great.

Not sure if everyone will like the movie (lay people that is) due to the ending.

The greatest thing about the story is that it COULD happen...

Time to go back to sitting on the couch and bouncing around waiting to go to the movies Smile

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Just saw it, was fantastic! Hard to follow though (I had my 5 yr old with us). Still unsure about some of it (like the Illusionist). What an ending though!

I don't think layman will think too much of the exposure. There are always several ways to do something. I think the masked magician was 100 times worse then this period. Nothing was blatantly exposed at all.

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I just got back from seeing "The Prestige". The movie had a great plot and did a good job of capturing the obsession we magicians often create for ourselves. The two rival magicians were very well acted, and the tricks they portrayed were amusing.

I was expecting a light hearted film with a few dark turns, but it ended up having many turns and an intense plot. Now if you don't mind, I will be going to my journal to devise my next great illusion.
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I too just returned from seeing The Prestige. I haven't seen The Illusionist, but I can say that this was a very well done movie. I had to keep in mind that every part was fictional to keep myself from laughing, but it was a VERY EXCELLENT movie. I recommend any of us who have even the lightest want to see the movie should see it.

Plus, some jerk was shining a laser pointer on the screen during the previews and at a quiet time someone else said, "Stop using the laser pointer or we will find you like a pack of zombies and rip your limbs off!" to which we all laughed and applauded.
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Holy crap. Definatly the best movie ive seen all year. Not just cause I'm a magician. but the story, the actors, the director. Everything was amazing!! There was this one part I laughed at though. When one character, was handing another charactor his business card. And then went to hand him a diary in the same hand. he back palmed the card. Cheesy as hell. but, not to lay people I suppose.
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Great flick. I just got back from seeing it. I would have liked the story even if I didn't like magic. It was more about the two magicians than the actual magic. The exposure was nothing to me. In fact I liked the fact that it talked so much about why a magician should keep his secret. They basically said once you tell the secret the effect is lost. Sound advice!

Get out and see this!
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I just returned from the theater no more than 15 mins. ago! It was a great move!!! I really enjoyed some of the historical references in this movie. Chung Ling Soo, Nakola Tesla, etc. It was great to see that science is an active part of our art as well! The exsposure wasn't too bad. I didn't care for the Vanishing Bird Cage and the death of the birds... I'd feel bad if someone thought those of us who perform this in our acts actually off a bird each time. Otherwise, it was a well thought out plot! It was cool to see Ricky Jay as he fit the part quite well... and Bowie seems to be aging nicely... My wife had that weird "Sean Connery attraction" to him (you know as most younger women find Connery to be handsome...)...

Go see this flick!!!

-Bryan
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Just saw it yesterday!
Great cast with a most surprising ending!
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WOW, I have to say this is one of the best movies I have ever seen. I loved everything about it and I think the movie will be even better after another viewing. I plan on going back to see it again in the next week or two.

Spoiler Warning: please don't read if you have not seen this fantastic film.


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After thinking about the ending I think things at the end seem much more scientific than they really are. If you think back their could be a very good explanation that fits the movie perfectly if you don't take the Tesla stuff seriously. I mean what if it was just a story to cover the horrific truth behind the effect. Sure the truth is already bad enough but I think this take could make things all the worse. I am going to keep silence on this for now I will be happy to talk about it viva PM but I don't want to give the movie completely away for anyone who may not have seen it.



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Loved this movie and everyone who hasn’t seen it yet should keep their ears and eyes closed up tight because it is easily the best cinematic experience I have had in a long time and I see a lot of movies.
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