Nolan, who is really becoming a master of non-linear story telling throws you into a film without creating much context, but once it get's going, it get's going.
This story of rival magicians (Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale) is very complex, and gives the viewer the same feelings you might have while watching a magic show. Questions like...what's he going to do? Why did he do that? Wait, I think I figured it out. Oh, never mind? etc.
The performances in the film are very good, Michael Caine, Scarlett Johansson, David Bowie, and Rebecca Hall all included. The performances in this film do not require huge dynamic performances, rather subtle ones, that will fly under the radar of year-end award givers, but at the same time are entirely believable and unshowy. If there is award recognition for this film it will come in it's great technical accomplishments. The editing (Lee Smith), cinemotography (Wally Pfister) and costume (Joan Bergin) are all top notch.
My one pre-film recommendation is to read my post Brief Look at the Life of Nikola Tesla. If you do not have an understanding of who Tesla was, this post will help to create a quick context, that does not give away anything in the film, but rather helps understand the context of the film better.
Pictured above: Andy Serkis, David Bowie and Hugh Jackman. The second picture is Christian Bale.
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