The Prestige | 2006

Directed by: Christopher Nolan

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Main Plot

After a tragic accident, two stage magicians in 1890s London engage in a battle to create the ultimate illusion while sacrificing everything they have to outwit each other.

Characters

  • Christian Bale's character in The Prestige is a magician who becomes locked in a bitter rivalry with another magician.
  • Hugh Jackman's character, Robert Angier, is a rival magician who seeks to outperform and sabotage his competitor, Alfred Borden.
  • Scarlett Johansson's character in The Prestige plays a minor role as a stage assistant and love interest.

Ending

The Prestige ends with the revelation that Robert Angier has been using cloning technology to perform his magic trick, "The Transported Man." Alfred Borden, his rival, had been using a twin brother for his trick. Angier, driven by revenge, kills Borden's twin, leading Borden to murder Angier in retaliation. It is revealed that Angier had been sacrificing countless clones every night for his trick. The film ends with Borden's daughter discovering the secret diary of Angier, leaving the audience questioning the true nature of sacrifice and obsession.

Christopher Nolan