Every great magic trick consists of three parts or acts. The first part is called “The Pledge”. The magician shows you something ordinary: a deck of cards, a bird or a man. He shows you this object. Perhaps he asks you to inspect it to see if it is indeed real, unaltered, normal. But of course… it probably isn’t. The second act is called “The Turn”. The magician takes the ordinary something and makes it do something extraordinary. Now you’re looking for the secret… but you won’t find it, because of course you’re not really looking. You don’t really want to know. You want to be fooled. But you wouldn’t clap yet. Because making something disappear isn’t enough; you have to bring it back. That’s why every magic trick has a third act, the hardest part, the part we call “The Prestige”.
Plot: Two stage magicians engage in competitive one-upmanship in an attempt to create the ultimate stage illusion.
Hugh Jackman (Robert Angier),
Christian Bale (Alfred Borden),
Michael Caine (Cutter),
Scarlett Johansson (Olivia Wenscombe)
Just came back from seeing Ghost in the Shell. It was amazing. Especially Pilou Asbæk, Michael Pitt and Takeshi Kitano. And of course Clint Mansell’s soundtrack. I’m eagerly waiting for it to be released.
And for the haters of that Steve Aoki remix… it wasn’t in the movie.