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On DVD: February 20, 2007
2h 10m |
In rapidly changing, turn-of-the-century London, at a time when magicians are idols and celebrities of the highest order, two young magicians set out to carve their own paths to fame. The flashy, sophisticated Robert Angier (Hugh Jackman
) is a consummate entertainer, while the rough-edged purist Alfred Borden (Christian Bale
) is a creative genius who lacks the panache to showcase his magical ideas.
They start out as admiring friends and partners. But when their biggest trick goes terribly awry, they become enemies for life -- each intent on outdoing and upending the other. Trick by trick, show by show, their ferocious competition builds until it knows no bounds, even utilizing the fantastical new powers of electricity and the scientific brilliance of Nikola Tesla (David Bowie) -- while the lives of everyone around them hang in the balance.
Based on the novel by Christopher Priest.