Like alot of Nolan films, The Prestige is hard to put in a certain genre. It’s a drama, period piece, mystery, and thriller all in one. The story is that of two rival magicians, Robert Angier (Hugh Jackman) and Alfred Borden (Christian Bale). Their rivalry spreads to more and more dangerous acts, until murder is committed, or so it seems. Like Memento and Following before it, it is edited in a way that you have to figure out what the chronological order of things is. By doing this, the movie is presented just like the magic tricks in the movie: the pledge, the turn, and the prestige.
There were moments where the big reveal on Borden’s side of things is obvious, but you question that revelation by asking “did they purposely try to get me to think that?”. But the very fact that it has you guessing, and concocting theories in your head while watching is the genius of it. The only problem I had with the Prestige is on Angier’s side of things concerning Tesla’s machine. True, it may lie completely on the sci-fi side of things, but if you suspend your belief enough, It really works well with the plot, and the framed murder of Angier. Per usual, the final “prestige” is the big payoff of the whole movie, and you simply want to dive right back in, and watch again with your new found wisdom.