Prestige, The

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +3

Content: +2

Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale, Michael Caine, David Bowie, Scarlett Johannson, Piper Perabo. Suspense/drama. Written by Christopher and Jonathan Nolan. Directed by Christopher Nolan.

FILM SYNOPSIS: Once partners, two 19th century illusionists become mortal enemies, trying not just to top one anothers magical prowess, but to destroy the other at the same time.

PREVIEW REVIEW: The story is engrossing, the acting involving and the films moral engaging as two selfish, amoral men find their own lives ruined while attempting to obliterate the other. The film carries a strong message that nothing you gain is worth anything if your life is predicated on success at any cost. It was a pleasure viewing a well-told film without objectionable language, exploitive sexuality or excessive, desensitizing violence.

Preview Reviewer: Phil Boatwright
Buena Vista Pictures

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Crude Language: None

Obscene Language: One

Profanity: I caught no misuse of Gods name.

Violence: hough the film is tame by todays standards, beware that there is some startling and violent imagery. A woman drowns while performing a magic act, another woman, depressed by her husbands adultery and uncaring nature, hangs herself we see the hanging body. A man shoots another, the outcome leaving the man short two fingers. He then causes the other man to be crippled. A magic trick shows the callowness of the magician as he gives the impression that a bird has disappeared when, in reality, it has been squashed to death. We see a man cutting off two fingers (not excessively graphic, but what is happening is clear.) Blood: Some blood is seen after the shooting.

Sex: Mostly implied as one illusionist begins an adulterous affair with his assistant. There is one scene with the two in bed, but after the act.

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: None

Drugs: Some drinking, as the men attempt to escape their callow behavior.

Other: Though there is some violence and adultery is portrayed, it is included to further the story of how self-aggrandizing and revenge only leads to self-destruction.

Running Time: 128 minutes
Intended Audience: Older teens and adults

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