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A Friendship That Became a Rivalry. See more »
Two stage magicians engage in competitive one-upmanship in an attempt to create the ultimate stage illusion. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Hugh Jackman ... Robert Angier

Christian Bale ... Alfred Borden

Michael Caine ... Cutter

Piper Perabo ... Julia McCullough

Rebecca Hall ... Sarah Borden

Scarlett Johansson ... Olivia Wenscombe
Samantha Mahurin ... Jess Borden

David Bowie ... Nikola Tesla

Andy Serkis ... Alley

Daniel Davis ... Judge

Jim Piddock ... Prosecutor

Christopher Neame ... Defender

Mark Ryan ... Captain

Roger Rees ... Owens

Jamie Harris ... Sullen Warder
Monty Stuart ... Stagecoach Driver

Ron Perkins ... Hotel Manager

Ricky Jay ... Milton
J. Paul Moore ... Virgil
Anthony De Marco ... Boy (as Anthony DeMarco)

Chao Li Chi ... Chung Ling Soo (as Chao-Li Chi)
Gregory Humphreys ... Policeman

John B. Crye ... Voice

William Morgan Sheppard ... Merrit (as W. Morgan Sheppard)

Sean Howse ... Man

Julia Sanford ... Elegant Lady (as Julie Sanford)

Ezra Buzzington ... Ticket Hawker

James Lancaster ... Moderator
Olivia Merg ... Jess Borden as Toddler
Zoe Merg ... Jess Borden as Toddler

Johnny Liska ... Scalper

Russ Fega ... Man in Hotel

Kevin Will ... Man in Hotel

Edward Hibbert ... Ackerman

Christopher Judges ... Burly Stagehand

James Otis ... Blind Stagehand 1
Sam Menning ... Blind Stagehand 2
Brian Tahash ... Blind Stagehand 3
Scott Davis ... Carriage Driver

Jodi Bianca Wise ... Glamorous Assistant

Nikki Glick ... Housekeeper

Enn Reitel ... Workman 1
Clive Kennedy ... Warder

Robert W. Arbogast ... Leonard (as Robert Arbogast)

Chris Cleveland ... Will
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Rock Anthony ... Upscale London Boy (uncredited)
Cathy Beasley ... Theatre Patron (uncredited)
Basilina Butler ... Bar Maid (uncredited)
Marty Carroll ... Guy at Bar (uncredited)

Erin Cipolletti ... Dancer (uncredited)

Ernest Heinz ... Rudy (uncredited)

Tim Pilleri ... Piano Player 1 (uncredited)

Wendy Rosoff ... Dancer (uncredited)

Gary Sievers ... Stagehand (uncredited)

Inna Swann ... Handkerchief Lady (uncredited)
Dawn Upshaw ... Soprano Singer (uncredited)

Deanna Walsh ... Woman on Carriage Bus (uncredited)

Jesse Wilde ... Man in theatre (uncredited)

Directed by
Christopher Nolan 
Writing credits
Jonathan Nolan (screenplay) and
Christopher Nolan (screenplay)

Christopher Priest (novel)

Produced by
Christopher Ball .... executive producer (as Chris J. Ball)
Valerie Dean .... executive producer
Jordan Goldberg .... associate producer
Christopher Nolan .... producer
Aaron Ryder .... producer
Charles J.D. Schlissel .... executive producer
Emma Thomas .... producer
William Tyrer .... executive producer
Original Music by
David Julyan 
Cinematography by
Wally Pfister (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Lee Smith 
Casting by
John Papsidera 
Production Design by
Nathan Crowley 
Art Direction by
Kevin Kavanaugh 
Set Decoration by
Julie Ochipinti 
Costume Design by
Joan Bergin 
Makeup Department
Janice Alexander .... department head hair
Karen Asano-Myers .... hair stylist (as Karen Myers)
Terry Baliel .... hair stylist
John R. Bayless .... key makeup artist
Leo Corey Castellano .... prosthetic makeup artist
Maggie Fung .... makeup artist
Kenny Myers .... makeup artist: Mr. Jackman
Peter Robb-King .... department head makeup
Kimberley Spiteri .... hair stylist
Heba Thorisdottir .... makeup artist: Ms. Johansson
Victoria Wood .... wigs
Roxane Griffin .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Aimee Macabeo .... special effects hair: Optic Nerve Studio (uncredited)
Nicole Michaud .... hair ventilation: Cine-Makeup Inc. (uncredited)
Nicole Michaud .... special effects hair: Optic Nerve (uncredited)
Margarita Pidgeon .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Lancel Reyes .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
Bob Smithson .... contact lens technician (uncredited)
Greg Solomon .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
Fiona Stiles .... makeup artist: David Bowie (uncredited)
Production Management
Gregg Edler .... production supervisor
Teresa Kelly .... post-production supervisor
Nancy Kirhoffer .... post-production supervisor
Cristen Carr Strubbe .... unit production manager
Mark Scoon .... executive in charge of production (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Alan B. Curtiss .... first assistant director
Jody Spilkoman .... second assistant director
Cy Roscoe Strickland .... additional second assistant director
Lynn Struiksma .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Scott Buckwald .... property master
Erin Cipolletti .... art department production assistant
R. Scott Doran .... leadman (as R. Scott Duran)
Jared Fleury .... assistant property master
Capella Kincheloe .... art department production assistant
Jeanne Kukor .... assistant property master (as Jeanne Marie Kukor)
Scott Lafferty .... gangboss
Mark Lucero .... set designer
Naaman Marshall .... assistant art director
Joe Ondrejko .... construction coordinator
Ledia Telo .... construction estimator
Sally Thornton .... set designer
Scott Zuber .... set designer
Jory Alvarado .... drapery foreman (uncredited)
Jason Bartolone .... construction foreman (uncredited)
Tonya Brewer Hunt .... set dresser (uncredited)
Michael Buha .... set dresser (uncredited)
Ryan Claridge .... greensman (uncredited)
Alan Coombs .... laborer (uncredited)
Emily Crupper .... set decoration buyer (uncredited)
J.P. Fitting .... set dresser (uncredited)
Rob Garlow .... construction general supervisor (uncredited)
Will Grant .... set dresser (uncredited)
Matt Hausmann .... assistant props (uncredited)
Brock Helfer .... set dresser (uncredited)
Bill 'Kauhane' Hoyt .... stand-by painter (uncredited)
John Kelso .... metal fabricator (uncredited)
Thomas D. Krausz .... set dressing gang boss: Tesla (uncredited)
Tim R. Lafferty .... construction gangboss (uncredited)
Amy Lamendola .... art department assistant (uncredited)
Phillis Lehmer .... graphic designer (uncredited)
Marc Meisels .... set dressing gang boss (uncredited)
Paul Pastorelli .... set dresser (uncredited)
Chris Patterson .... set dresser (uncredited)
Mike Peritz .... set dresser (uncredited)
James Pollack .... set dresser (uncredited)
Jamie Rama .... illustrator (uncredited)
Mark Richardson .... props (uncredited)
Bret Ross .... set dresser (uncredited)
Bennet Silver .... on-set dresser (uncredited)
Bruce G. Smith .... paint supervisor (uncredited)
Daniel Vincent Smith .... set dresser (uncredited)
William Stout .... prop designer (uncredited)
Toby Swinehart .... paint gangboss (uncredited)
Robert H. Winn .... paint foreman (uncredited)
Sound Department
Jessy Bender .... utility sound (as Jessica Bender)
Paul Berolzheimer .... sound effects editor
Andrew Bock .... first assistant sound editor
Rick Canelli .... adr recordist
Christopher Flick .... foley supervisor
Linda Folk .... adr supervisor
Eric Gotthelf .... adr mixer
Kimberly Harris .... adr editor
Lora Hirschberg .... re-recording mixer
Richard King .... sound designer
Richard King .... supervising sound editor
Jonathan Klein .... foley editor
Mary Jo Lang .... foley mixer (as Maryjo Lang)
Michael W. Mitchell .... sound effects editor
Alyson Dee Moore .... foley artist (as Alyson Moore)
Scott Morgan .... foley recordist
Ed Novick .... sound mixer
Thomas J. O'Connell .... adr mixer (as Tom O'Connell)
Kurt Peterson .... boom operator
Gary Rizzo .... re-recording mixer (as Gary A. Rizzo)
John Roesch .... foley artist
Christopher Sidor .... sound recordist (as Chris Sidor)
Carolyn Tapp .... adr recordist
Hugo Weng .... dialogue editor
Linda Yeaney .... first assistant sound editor
Kevin Globerman .... digital recordist (uncredited)
Bill Henderson .... sound re-recording engineer (uncredited)
Larry Hopkins .... layback sound mixer (uncredited)
Jan Petrov .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
David Blitstein .... special effects coordinator
William Lee .... special effects rigging foreman (as William D. Lee)
David Simmons .... special effects set foreman (as David L. Simmons)
Mario Vanillo .... special effects shop foreman (as Mario Vanilo)
Kirk Barton .... special effects craft service (uncredited)
Greg Bryant .... special effects assistant (uncredited)
Lenny Dalrymple .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Ruben Garcia .... special effects assistant (uncredited)
Bruce Y. Kuroyama .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Arthur G. Schlosser .... snow effects technician (uncredited)
John Vulich .... special effects (uncredited)
Douglas D. Ziegler .... special effects assistant (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Florent Andorra .... cg sequence supervisor: BUF
Florent Cadel .... cg artist: BUF
Giacun Caduff .... visual effects coordinator: BUF
Stephane Ceretti .... visual effects supervisor: BUF
Melanie Cussac .... visual effects coordinator: BUF (as Mélanie Cussac)
Robin Deledicque .... cg artist: BUF
Olivier Dumont .... associate visual effects supervisor: BUF
Laurens Ehrmann .... cg artist: BUF
Vanessa Fourgeaud .... visual effects producer: BUF
John Lee .... visual effects editor
Eddy Moussa .... cg artist: BUF
Laurent Panissier .... cg artist: BUF
Clement Rambach .... software development: BUF
Michel Samreth .... cg artist: BUF
Scott Shapiro .... visual effects producer
Vanesse Simon .... visual effects producer: BUF (as Simon Vanesse)
Janek Sirrs .... visual effects consultant
Mathilde Tollec .... cg artist: BUF
Olivier Dumont .... on-set visual effects supervisor: BUF (uncredited)
Joni Avery .... stunt double: Olivia
Mike Avery .... utility stunts
Rick Avery .... stunt coordinator
Meegan Godfrey .... stunt double: Julia
Steve Hart .... stunt double: Cutter
David Hugghins .... stunt rigger
Michael Hugghins .... stunt rigger
Paul Lacovara .... stunt double: Christian Bale
Brian Machleit .... stunt double: Angier Test
Rick Marcus .... stunt double: Hugh Jackman
Thom Williams .... stunt warder
Camera and Electrical Department
Hans Bjerno .... director of photography: Colorado aerial unit
Jose Deleon .... camera technician: SpaceCam, Colorado aerial unit (as Jose DeLeon)
François Duhamel .... still photographer
Rod Farley .... best boy grip (as Roderick G. Farley)
Craig Fikse .... steadicam operator
Ray Garcia .... key grip
Antonio V. Garrido .... dolly grip (as Tony Garrido)
Anthony Gaudioz .... additional camera operator (as Tony Gaudioz)
Cory Geryak .... chief lighting technician
Bob Hall .... first assistant camera
Michael Herron .... video assist operator
Peter Krouse .... camera intern
Jerry L. Marshall .... best boy rigging grip
Daniel C. McFadden .... camera loader (as Dan McFadden)
Charlie McIntyre .... rigging gaffer (as Charles H. McIntyre)
Blake Pike .... rigging key grip
Philip Shanahan .... second assistant camera
Cricket Sloat .... rigging electric best boy
Larry Sushinski .... assistant chief lighting technician
Stephen Vaughan .... still photographer
Curtis A. Andrews Jr. .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Eric M. Davis .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Anthony Donati .... rigging set lighting technician (uncredited)
Charles Ehrlinger .... grip (uncredited)
Matt Floyd .... rigging grip (uncredited)
David Michael Fordham .... grip (uncredited)
Michael Franco .... electrician: fixtures (uncredited)
Michael Franco .... rigging electrician (uncredited)
Sheila Greene .... rigging electrician (uncredited)
Joe Guzman .... grip (uncredited)
Julie Helton .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Jeffrey A. Johnson .... grip (uncredited)
Christopher J. Lama .... electrical rigging technician (uncredited)
Damon Liebowitz .... electrician (uncredited)
David McMillan .... dimmer board operator (uncredited)
Keith Morgan .... set lighting technician (uncredited)
Dara Norman .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Jason Puliti .... electrician (uncredited)
Cricket Sloat .... assistant chief lighting technician (uncredited)
Conner Vandeer .... electrician (uncredited)
Mike Visencio .... rigging set lighting technician (uncredited)
Paul Wolkowsky .... grip (uncredited)
Brian Woronec .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Jennifer Cram .... casting assistant
Barbara Harris .... adr voice casting
Rich King .... extras casting
Kean Cronin .... extras casting (uncredited)
Marlo Tiede .... casting assistant (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Anthony Almaraz .... costumer
Shandra Beri .... costumer
Tom Cummins .... set costumer
Carrie Dacre .... production assistant: costume department
Monica Haynes .... costumer
Jose S. Hernandez .... costumer (as Jose Hernandez)
Marci R. Johnson .... costumer (as Marci Johnson)
Jo Kissack .... costumer
April Krueger .... costumer
Donna Marcione Pollack .... costumer
Robert Q. Mathews .... costume supervisor
Dennis McCarthy .... costumer
Toni Kehaulani Reed .... set costumer
Kenn Smiley .... key costumer
Tricia Yoo .... set costumer
Michele Flynn .... head costume ager/dyer (uncredited)
Christopher Koelsch .... costumer (uncredited)
Michael Welch .... costumer (uncredited)
Tim Wilson .... costumer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Charles Harrison .... post-production assistant
John Lee .... first assistant editor
David Orr .... color timer
Laura Rindner .... assistant editor
Scott Wesley Ross .... assistant editor
Mary Beth Smith .... negative cutter: Buena Vista Negative Cutting
Donald Likovich .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Location Management
Jesse Cole .... key assistant location manager
Kim Crabb .... key assistant location manager
Russ Fega .... location manager
Guy Morrison .... assistant location manager
Jordan Schmidt .... location scout (uncredited)
Music Department
Sandy DeCrescent .... orchestra contractor
Alex Gibson .... music editor
Tom Hardisty .... score recordist
David Hoskins .... music programmer
Alan Meyerson .... score mixer
Alan Meyerson .... score recordist
Blake Neely .... conductor
Dana Niu .... orchestrator
Peter Rotter .... orchestra contractor
Greg Vines .... assistant engineer (as Gregg Vines)
Matthew J. Ward .... technical assistant (as Matt Ward)
Booker White .... music preparation: Walt Disney Music Library
Hans Zimmer .... executive music producer
Frank Macchia .... music preparation (uncredited)
James Thatcher .... musician: French horn (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Phil Helman .... transportation local captain: Colorado (as Phillip W. Helman)
Maxwell R. Johnson II .... transportation co-captain
Rock LeRoy .... transportation
Tommy Tancharoen .... transportation coordinator
Tom Whelpey .... transportation co-captain (as Tom Whelpley)
Ted Basso .... production van driver operator (uncredited)
Neale Blase .... transportation (uncredited)
Audrey A. Conrad .... transportation office coordinator (uncredited)
Robert Garcia Jr. .... driver (uncredited)
Tim Whisenant .... driver: Hugh Jackman (uncredited)
Dean Winton .... driver (uncredited)
Bonnie Yamahiro .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Jess Brackenburry .... animal wrangler: cats (as Jesse Brackenbury)
Allan Bragg .... stand-in: Mr. Caine (as Alan Bragg)
Jeffrey Caruso .... assistant production coordinator
Jennifer Clark .... first assistant accountant
Clayton Cogswell .... production assistant
Jareth Costello .... accounting clerk
Jeanie Daniels .... post production accountant
Scott Davis .... animal trainer: horses
Jim Dirker .... helicopter pilot: Aircam National Helicopters, Colorado aerial unit
Colin Dunning .... production assistant
Beau Foster .... production assistant
Meghan C. Fraser .... wrangler: cats
Karen M. Fuchs .... payroll accountant
Steve Gehrke .... script supervisor (as Steven R. Gehrke)
Susan Hegarty .... dialect coach: Mr. Bowie
Gregory D. Hemstreet .... production accountant (as Greg Hemstreet)
Henry Humphreys .... first aid
Andrew Jablonski .... assistant accountant
Ricky Jay .... technical advisor: magic
Nick LeClaire .... production assistant: Colorado
Parker D. Lemire .... production assistant: Colorado
Jim Lindsey .... stand-in: Mr. Bale
Mike MacCuish .... assistant accountant
Rob McCabe .... stand-in: Mr. Jackman
Scott Michaels .... production assistant: Colorado
Benjamin Morehead .... assistant: Mr. Nolan (as Benjamin T. Morehead)
M. Michelle Nishikawa .... assistant: Mr. Schlissel
Craig Okeson .... production assistant: Colorado
Anthony Penido .... first aid
Catherine Pittman .... wrangler: cats (as Cathy Pittman)
Jess Platt .... dialect coach: Mr. Jackman
Erin A. Ramos .... production secretary
Lawra Robertson .... assistant: Mr. Jackman
Lee Roeser .... wrangler: cats
Josh Scheer .... production assistant (as Joshua Scheer)
Peter Scheer .... production assistant
Michelle Schrauwers .... production assistant
Cheryl Shawver .... animal trainer: cats, Animal Actors of Hollywood
Cody Smith .... wrangler: horses
Jimmy Smith .... craft service
Phil Smith .... animal trainer: horses and birds, Phil Smith Animal Renters
Beatrice Springborn .... assistant: Mr. Ryder
Cindy Taylor .... production assistant (as Cindy A. Taylor)
Tim Territo .... production liaison: Colorado
Amy Treadwell .... stand-in: Ms. Johansson
Victoria Vopni .... wrangler: horses (as Victoria M. Vopni)
Michael Weber .... technical advisor: magic
Shawn Williamson .... production assistant
Terrence B. Zinn .... production assistant
Eric Binns .... production assistant (uncredited)
Ron Bottitta .... adr voice (uncredited)
Doug Burch .... adr voice (uncredited)
Brian Clark .... rigging medic (uncredited)
Brian De Esch .... production assistant (uncredited)
Alexandra Ducocq .... executive assistant: hugh jackman (uncredited)
Rebecca Edelson .... script clearance administrator (uncredited)
Lily Garcia .... additional production assistant (uncredited)
Carolyn Harris .... production executive (uncredited)
Patrick Holland .... additional voices (uncredited)
Nicholas Hosking .... adr voice group (uncredited)
Robert Lamkin .... caterer (uncredited)
Matt Lombardo .... additional set production assistant (uncredited)
Peter Madamba .... script researcher (uncredited)
Ossie Mair .... adr voice (uncredited)
Erich A. Muller .... production assistant (uncredited)
Skyler Ng .... production assistant (uncredited)
B.J. Rayniak .... site representative (uncredited)
John Trujillo .... layout board (uncredited)
David Copperfield .... the producers wish to thank
Derek DelGaudio .... the producers wish to thank
Dan Sasaki .... the producers wish to thank
Crew believed to be complete

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Rated PG-13 for violence and disturbing images
130 min
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This is one of two Christopher Nolan's movies in which a character has a two-head coin, the other one being The Dark Knight, in which Harvey Dent/Two-Face has one, used to decide his fate or the fate of his victims.See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Borden mentions that a "penny" could be slipped into the barrel of the pistol used for the bullet catch trick. English pennies of this period were substantial and wide, much wider than the barrel of the pistol being used by Borden could accommodate.See more »
[first lines]
Alfred Borden:Are you watching closely?
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What is the connection between Angier and Lord Caldlow?
Why didn't Angier just use one duplicate? Why keep killing them?
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100 out of 114 people found the following review useful.
Are you watching closely?, 7 September 2009
Author: Murtaza Ali from India

The Prestige, adapted from an award winning novel of the same name by Christopher Priest, is an intricate tale of passion, intrigue, deceit and obsession about two illusionists, whose morbid covetousness for absolute supremacy in their profession engenders a fierce rivalry that turns internecine and ultimately consumes them. Alfred Borden (Christian Bale) and Robert Angier (Hugh Jackman) at the start of their careers are highly ambitious young men assisting an elderly illusionist named Milton. Borden's incessant longing for innovation leads to the accidental death of Angier's wife. Borden marries Sarah and his apparent happiness further aggravates the sense of revulsion in Angier's heart. Angier's vindictive intervention during a bullet catch trick causes Borden to lose his two fingers. Though these events sowed the seeds of implacable hatred, but it is the unremitting yearning of their perpetually insatiable egos to outperform each other that eventually drives them to perdition.

Angier starts performing with the sobriquet "The Great Danton" with Cutter (Michael Caine) as his illusion engineer, while Borden with the stage name "The Professor" with Fellon as his engineer. Angier is an adept showman, but lacks the technical prowess. On the contrary, Borden is highly skillful, but lacks the taste for grandeur and showmanship. Each regards the other as his only obstacle (owing to their bitterly intertwined past) and this starts a series of events in which each tries to stymie the other by any means possible (sabotage, abduction, incrimination and even killings). Awed by the apparent genuineness of Borden's version of "The Transported Man" and inveigled by Borden's deliberate misdirection, Angier travels miles and spends a fortune to approach an ingenious scientist named Nikola Tesla (David Bowie) in order to cajole him into building a machine for him (a machine that could help him outperform Borden). Nikola Tesla is an apostle of Alternating Current (and rightly thinks it to be superior to Direct Current), and is under immense pressure imparted by Thomas Edison (ruthless advocator of Direct Current) and his men, who are after Tesla. As Edison's men close in on him, Tesla runs out of time and hence funds for his research and is forced to oblige Angier, who is his very last client. Tesla flees the scene shortly after fulfilling his promise to Angier (not without leaving him a strong note of caution against the use of his invention), whose ever increasing skepticism in Tesla is placated by the efficacy of his masterful invention. Using Tesla's machine, Angier introduces his own version of "The Transported Man", which becomes an instant success, but in lieu of a terrible self-sacrifice (that Angier has to make every night while performing). As the story culminates, the viewer is startled with many revelations including the mental and physical torments that Borden's complex character undergoes owing to his total devotion towards his art.

The success of an act of illusion solely depends upon the deftness with which its three parts viz. the Pledge, the Turn, and the Prestige are performed. Similarly, for a movie to be a success, its three main aspects i.e. screenplay, direction, and acting are ought to be top-notch. Christopher Nolan incredibly manages to strike all the right cords with The Prestige. His riveting maneuvers coupled with his ingenious auteur skills aggrandize the brilliance of the movie ten-fold. Nolan succeeds in having a dream assemblage of actors with almost everyone giving a memorable performance. Christian Bale and Hugh Jackman are superb in their lead roles. Michael Caine shines in his low-key portrayal of Cutter, an ordinary part made to appear extraordinary through sheer brilliance; vintage Caine. David Bowie as Nikola Tesla and Andy Serkis (Gollum of LOTR) as Alley (Tesla's assistant) are stupendous in their cameos. Scarlet Johansson also manages to give a scintillating portrayal as Borden's paramour, Olivia.

The movie is a roller-coaster of a ride with intriguingly intertwined subplots and masterful time switching, which makes it one of a kind and an ultimate masterpiece. The uncanny feat of Nolan to manifest a motion picture, which forays the realms of Mystery, Thrill, Sci-fi and Fantasy, is truly exemplary and makes the movie a contemporary classic. The movie is a tapestry of twists and turns, which evinces its overwhelming potential to bewitch the masses and satiate even the most esoteric viewers. The questions that it incessantly asks of the viewers can only be answered after repetitive viewings, with each viewing seeking utmost attention of the viewer. The only question that I would ask of the viewer is: "Are you watching closely?"

A must watch for anyone, who has nothing against giving his mind a rigorous exercise and his body an adrenaline rush. 10/10

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