This article contains spoilers for The Prestige … Duh.
Christopher Nolans principle is on its way to U.S. theaters this week, though likely they’re not a place Everyone should go now. Nolan stayed in the middle of a global pandemic dead against anything but a full-blown old school theatrical release. Even Drive-ins are not allowed to play principle unless it is also play in a nearby indoor cinema.
All of this has led a lot of people to wonder, “What is Chris Nolan doing?” Seth Rogen quipped that he apparently wants to “kill his biggest fans.” But Nolan’s bitter stubbornness makes a lot more sense when you watch his 2006 film The prestige.
Some of Nolan’s films play out like stealth autobiographies. Beginning it’s about the process of filmmaking, and memory is literally about a guy who defines his existence using antiquated film technology. The prestigeHowever, it feels like Nolan’s curious artistic mission statement. The story is about two rival ancient magicians; Angier and Borden, played by Wolverine and Batman.
Both are working on versions of the same trick: “The Transported Man”. In her escalating game of showbiz one-upmanship, Angier turns to the famous inventor Nikola Tesla, who builds him a damn duplicating machine. This means that every time he does the trick, Angier Duplicates yourself and kill the original. A foolproof plan, other than having a warehouse full of lovely corpses.
Borden, on the other hand, manages the same trick without murdering himself or pissing in the face of the laws of physics. It turns out that Borden has a twin whom he even kept a secret from his wife. Which is, to be honest, super creepy, Borden.