In 1878, two young stage magicians clash in a darkened salon during the course of a fraudulent seance. From this moment on, their lives become webs of deceit and exposure, secrets and revelations, as they feud to outwit and destroy one another. Their rivalry takes them both to the peak of their careers, but with terrible consequences.
Entertaining, spirited and shamelessly gimmicky, Christopher Nolan’s film tells the intricate tale of two rival magicians practicing their art in late-Victorian London.
2006-10-20 | A. O. SCOTT | Read the New York Times Review of The Prestige