Not sure who recommended this movie first, but I thoroughly enjoyed it and thank all who said watch it.
It’s truly a great movie. If you are in to understanding deception (and if you are a fakeologist, you are), then you’ll love this movie.
It is fully of beautiful people (Bale, Jackman, and Scarlett Johnansson, Caine), so your eyes will enjoy it and your mind will bend with it.
My main problem with the movie is I can’t sort out the Tesla angle. I can’t tell if he was real or not. Was he another Einstein, around which a story was crafted? Did Tesla really have an invention that was ended by TPTB? For the longest time I believed he had the technology that allowed magical things, and that lent itself to the Judy Wood fantasy weapon without a name.
The move is fully of great quotes. So many could be applied to 9/11 and fakeology.
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Cutter: Every great magic trick consists of three parts or acts. The first part is called 220;The Pledge”. The magician shows you something ordinary: a deck of cards, a bird or a man. He shows you this object. Perhaps he asks you to inspect it to see if it is indeed real, unaltered, normal. But of course… it probably isn’t. The second act is called “The Turn”. The magician takes the ordinary something and makes it do something extraordinary. Now you’re looking for the secret… but you won’t find it, because of course you’re not really looking. You don’t really want to know. You want to be fooled. But you wouldn’t clap yet. Because making something disappear isn’t enough; you have to bring it back. That’s why every magic trick has a third act, the hardest part, the part we call “The Prestige”.”
Cutter: Now you’re looking for the secret. But you won’t find it because of course, you’re not really looking. You don’t really want to work it out. You want to be fooled.
Robert Angier: You never understood why we did this. The audience knows the truth: the world is simple. It’s miserable, solid all the way through. But if you could fool them, even for a second, then you can make them wonder, and then you… then you got to see something really special. You really don’t know? It was… it was the look on their faces…
Nikola Tesla: You’re familiar with the phrase “man’s reach exceeds his grasp”? It’s a lie: man’s grasp exceeds his nerve.
Nikola Tesla: I apologize for leaving without saying goodbye, but I seem to have outstayed my welcome in Colorado. The truly extraordinary is not permitted in science and industry. Perhaps you’ll find more luck in your field, where people are happy to be mystified. You will find what you are looking for in this box. Alley has written you a thorough set of instructions. I add only one suggestion on using the machine: destroy it. Drop it to the bottom of the deepest ocean. Such a thing will bring you only misery.