Obsession, jealousy, and deceit define the tense relationship shared between two turn-of-the-century magicians in Memento and Batman Begins director Christopher Nolan's dizzying tale of sleight of hand. Rupert Angier (Hugh Jackman) and Alfred Borden (Christian Bale) are London-based magicians of the highest order, both blessed with spectacular powers of deception and both cursed with unrelenting envy for one another's skills. When Alfred performs an awe-inspiring trick for which there seems no logical explanation, the friendly competition shared between the pair turns to deadly rivalry as the enraged Rupert determines to uncover his rival's deepest secrets. In the world of illusion, however, nothing is ever quite as it seems, and the rules of the physical world simply don't apply. Now, as bitter competition quickly begins to consume the souls of both performers, the firestorm birthed by their anger threatens to consume all who surround them. Michael Caine, Scarlett Johansson, and David Bowie co-star in a feature that finds director/screenwriter Nolan reuniting with brother and Memento story author Jonathan Nolan to adapt author Christopher Priest's original novel. ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide
Running Time: 130 mins
If you are a fan of movies with twists and turns, see this one immediately. I mean, if you're like me and loved Ocean's 11, The Sting, Matchstick Men, The Usual Suspects, The Sixth Sense, so on and so forth, why haven't you seen this one yet? It's not a cool crime movie but it is a well done magic movie that is worth the time. I saw The Illusionist as well, but it was only okay and I figured it out at the beginning and then was basically bored through the rest of the movie.
It's about magic tricks and friendly competition turining into a rivalry. How far is too far when trying to get even or one up someone else? Can you believe what you see with your own eyes?
This was a great ensemble, written well, and carried out deliciously. The only real drawback is that it's kind of long. See it and tell me what you think!
Rating: 3 of 4 stars