Director: Christopher Nolan
Writer: Jonathan and Christopher Nolan (Screenplay), Christopher Priest (Novel)
Stars: Christian Bale, Hugh Jackman, Scarlett Johansson, Michael Caine, David Bowie
Ah, what could've been. This is one of the highest rated movies of all time and I suspect it is because of the multiple twists. Unfortunately, I guessed the ending less than an hour into the movie. I knew what was going to happen before it happened, therefore nothing surprised me. I think this is an overrated movie, but I can understand why people would be amazed by it.
It's a duel between two magicians. The naturally talented Alfred (Bale), and the hardworking Angier (Jackman). While one is gifted at creating new illusions and tricks, the other tries his hardest to catch up. Each gain the upper hand one way or another, whether it be by stealing tricks or performing impossible stunts. It's an unrealistic story with a twist.
Bale didn't do anything for me in this film. I find that he's always playing a cold, emotionless character. It can't be a coincidence when he almost always performs these roles. Jackman on the other hand was electrifying and entertaining. I can even excuse the fact that his American accent was slightly off putting. The best performance for me came from David Bowie as the famed inventor Nikola Tesla.
I prayed that I was wrong, because I felt that the ending would be all too convenient. With a story so grand in scale, to add an impossible feature just sucks all the plausibility and cleverness from the tale. The movie was still entertaining and the cinematography was just exquisite. If they had been a bit more clever in hiding the twist I probably would have been astounded just like everybody else. For now, it's just a good movie that could have been spectacular.