History Film / ThePrestige

8th Sep '17 10:53:21 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* AmbiguousSituation: [[spoiler: When Angier uses Tesla's machine for the first time, one of the Angiers shouts out "No, wait, I'm not the-!" before the other Angier shoots him, making it very unclear if the original killed the clone, or the clone killed the original.]]

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* AmbiguousSituation: [[spoiler: When Angier uses [[spoiler:Angier and the audience have no way of knowing which of the doubles from Tesla's machine for the first time, one of the Angiers shouts out "No, wait, I'm not the-!" before the other Angier shoots him, making it very unclear if has the original killed person's consciousness. They're both exactly the clone, or same, so they both feel that they are the clone killed the original.]]original]].



* CreepyMonotone: Tesla played by David Bowie.
26th Aug '17 1:11:56 PM FordPrefect
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* DrivenByEnvy: Part of Angier's (initial) motivation, Bordern has his wife and child while all Angier's has all the memories of his dead wife Julia.

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* DrivenByEnvy: Part of Angier's (initial) motivation, Bordern Borden has his wife and child while all Angier's Angier has all is the memories of his dead wife Julia.



* EvenEvilHasStandards: When Borden ([[spoiler: the jerkassy one that loves Olivia]]) sees Angier [[spoiler:drowning in the box]] his first reaction is to [[spoiler:break the glass and yells at Angier to hang on.]]

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* EvenEvilHasStandards: When Borden ([[spoiler: the jerkassy one that loves Olivia]]) sees Angier [[spoiler:drowning in the box]] box]], his first reaction is to [[spoiler:break the glass and yells yell at Angier to hang on.]]



** [[spoiler: Sarah noting that Borden's bandaged hand is bleeding more than it should be (it's his twin, who cut off his own finger to replicate Borden's injury).]]

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** [[spoiler: Sarah noting that Borden's bandaged hand is bleeding more than it should be (it's his twin, who cut off his own finger fingers to replicate Borden's injury).]]



** Olivia tells Angier that The Transporting Man is accomplished by using a double because she found lots of disguise supplies, but that's not the real reason those supplies are important.

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** Olivia tells Angier that The Transporting Transported Man is accomplished by using a double because she found lots of disguise supplies, but that's not the real reason those supplies are important.



** Not all foreshadowing is foreshadowing the final twist. An example of one that isn't would be early on, a character analyzing the tricks behind the bullet catch trick says the following things: "I mean, someone could stick a button in there! Or, god forbid, a bullet!" [[spoiler:And then someone got deliberately shot when doing the bullet catch trick this way.]]

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** Not all foreshadowing is foreshadowing the final twist. An example of one that isn't would be early on, a character analyzing the tricks behind the bullet catch trick says the following things: "I mean, someone could stick a button in there! Or, god God forbid, a bullet!" [[spoiler:And then someone got deliberately shot when doing the bullet catch trick this way.]]



** At the beginning of the film, Cutter keeps telling Bordern that the Langford Double knot can't be used in an underwater escape, because if the rope swells Julia won't be able to slip it while she's in the tank. Julia is confidant that she can so she okays Bordern using the knot. Then they both find out that Cutter was right.

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** At the beginning of the film, Cutter keeps telling Bordern Borden that the Langford Double knot can't be used in an underwater escape, because if the rope swells swells, Julia won't be able to slip it while she's in the tank. Julia is confidant confident that she can can, so she okays Bordern Borden using the knot. Then they both find out that Cutter was right.



* MeaningfulName: [[spoiler:Rosalyn and Marilyn '''Borden''' were twin actresses who had numerous roles between TheFifties and TheEighties, meanwhile, Alfred Borden is revealed to be two identical twins at the climax]]
* MisappliedPhlebotinum: Deliberately invoked. Tesla's invention of [[spoiler: a perfect matter replicator [[CutLexLuthorACheck could be put to many more benevolent and/or lucrative uses than a stage performance]]. However, Angier only cared about the show and taking on revenge against Borden, and Tesla, aware of Angier's obsession, wants him to destroy the machine stop him from going too far.]] The story also deliberately cuts off all further developments by having Edison's men destroying Tesla's lab.

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* MeaningfulName: [[spoiler:Rosalyn and Marilyn '''Borden''' were twin actresses who had numerous roles between TheFifties and TheEighties, meanwhile, Alfred Borden is revealed to be two identical twins at the climax]]
climax.]]
* MisappliedPhlebotinum: Deliberately invoked. Tesla's invention of [[spoiler: a perfect matter replicator [[CutLexLuthorACheck could be put to many more benevolent and/or lucrative uses than a stage performance]]. However, Angier only cared about the show and taking on revenge against Borden, and Tesla, aware of Angier's obsession, wants him to destroy the machine to stop him from going too far.]] The story also deliberately cuts off all further developments by having Edison's men destroying Tesla's lab.



* PaperThinDisguise: Averted: That Root is the body double for Angier's transported man trick is something Borden can clearly see through.

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* PaperThinDisguise: Averted: That Root is the body double for Angier's transported man Transported Man trick is something Borden can clearly see through.



* ScrewThisImOutOfHere: Near the end, Olivia wisely decides she's had enough of Bordern and Angier's feud and just leaves them both.

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* ScrewThisImOutOfHere: Near the end, Olivia wisely decides she's had enough of Bordern Borden and Angier's feud and just leaves them both.



* SiblingYinYang: [[spoiler:Downplayed with the Borden twins. We don't see much of them as individuals, but one is a family man who loves Sarah, and recommends just letting the rivalry with Angier die. Meanwhile the other is more aggressive, loves Olivia and sneaks into Angier's performance to learn how he performs "The Transported Man".]]

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* SiblingYinYang: [[spoiler:Downplayed with the Borden twins. We don't see much of them as individuals, but one is a family man who loves Sarah, and recommends just letting the rivalry with Angier die. Meanwhile the other is more aggressive, loves Olivia Olivia, and sneaks into Angier's performance to learn how he performs "The Transported Man".]]



* WasItReallyWorthIt: Both Angier and Borden are confronted by this at the end of the movie, if their obsession with the craft and their rivalry was truly worth it. [[spoiler: Borden decides no definitely not. Angier is unrepentant in his actions.]]

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* WasItReallyWorthIt: Both Angier and Borden are confronted by this at the end of the movie, if their obsession with the craft and their rivalry was truly worth it. [[spoiler: Borden decides no no, definitely not. Angier is unrepentant in his actions.]]



* WhiteDwarfStarlet: Angier's double, Root is a drunken, arrogant, washed-up Shakespearean.
* AWizardDidIt: It's never described how UsefulNotes/NikolaTesla built [[spoiler:a cloning machine]]. Let's just leave it at he's one hell of a genius.

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* WhiteDwarfStarlet: Angier's double, Root Root, is a drunken, arrogant, washed-up Shakespearean.
* AWizardDidIt: It's never described how UsefulNotes/NikolaTesla built [[spoiler:a cloning machine]]. Let's just leave it at he's "he's one hell of a genius.genius".
26th Aug '17 12:57:55 PM FordPrefect
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* CycleOfRevenge: A vicious one, at that. [[spoiler: Angier's wife died from an accident ambiguously caused by Borden, and Borden's refusal of explanation made Angier obsess with beating Borden, the cycle of revenge became intertwined with their cycle of rivalry until both sides lose from their obsession.]]

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* CycleOfRevenge: A vicious one, at that. [[spoiler: Angier's wife died from an accident ambiguously caused by Borden, and Borden's refusal of explanation made Angier obsess obsessed with beating Borden, Borden; the cycle of revenge became intertwined with their cycle of rivalry until both sides lose from their obsession.]]
26th Aug '17 12:56:09 PM FordPrefect
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** Later on, Borden is seen getting angry at someone for failing to uncover the last version of Angier's trick. [[spoiler: That someone is the ''other'' Alfred, since they're twins, with the implication being that this brother, who also refuses to carry on the feud to it's fatal conclusion, is the brains behind their operation.]]

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** Later on, Borden is seen getting angry at someone for failing to uncover the last version of Angier's trick. [[spoiler: That someone is the ''other'' Alfred, since they're twins, with the implication being that this brother, who also refuses to carry on the feud to it's its fatal conclusion, is the brains behind their operation.]]
26th Aug '17 12:55:13 PM FordPrefect
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* AmbiguousSituation: [[spoiler: When Angier uses Tesla's machine for the first time, one of the Angiers shouts out "No wait I'm not the-!" before the other Angier shoots him making it very unclear if the original killed the clone, or the clone killed the original.]]

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* AmbiguousSituation: [[spoiler: When Angier uses Tesla's machine for the first time, one of the Angiers shouts out "No wait "No, wait, I'm not the-!" before the other Angier shoots him him, making it very unclear if the original killed the clone, or the clone killed the original.]]
5th Aug '17 4:52:15 PM EmperorZim
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* OhCrap: During Angier's on-stage performance of his disappearing birdcage trick, when two volunteers come up to assist, when Angier realizes too late that one of them is actually a disguised Borden.

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* OhCrap: During Angier's on-stage performance of his disappearing birdcage trick, when two volunteers come up to assist, when Angier realizes too late that one of them is actually a disguised Borden.
4th Aug '17 2:58:55 AM Wuz
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* HowWeGotHere: Ignoring the title card, the first actual story-important scenes show Cutter performing a magic trick for a girl, and Angier's final magic trick, with Borden finding Angier drowning, accompanied by Cutter's OpeningNarration. Both events take place near the end of the story and are explained and explored as the film moves along.

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* HowWeGotHere: Ignoring the title card, the first actual story-important scenes show Cutter performing a magic trick for a girl, and Angier's final magic trick, with Borden finding Angier drowning, all accompanied by Cutter's OpeningNarration. Both events take place near the end of the story and are explained and explored as the film moves along.
4th Aug '17 2:55:29 AM Wuz
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->"''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.''"

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->"''Now you're looking for the secret... but ->"''Are 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.''"watching closely?''"



* HowWeGotHere: Ignoring the title card, the first actual story-important scenes show Cutter performing a magic trick for a girl, Borden finding Angier drowning, and Borden being charged and getting locked up for allegedly murdering Angier. All three take place at the end of the story and are explained as the film moves along.

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* HowWeGotHere: Ignoring the title card, the first actual story-important scenes show Cutter performing a magic trick for a girl, and Angier's final magic trick, with Borden finding Angier drowning, and Borden being charged and getting locked up for allegedly murdering Angier. All three accompanied by Cutter's OpeningNarration. Both events take place at near the end of the story and are explained and explored as the film moves along.
20th Jul '17 9:17:18 PM ProfessorGrimm
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* WasItReallyWorthIt: Both Angier and Borden are confronted by this at the end of the movie, if their obsession with the craft and their rivalry was truly worth it. [[spoiler: Borden decides no definitely not. Angier is more ambiguous.[[

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* WasItReallyWorthIt: Both Angier and Borden are confronted by this at the end of the movie, if their obsession with the craft and their rivalry was truly worth it. [[spoiler: Borden decides no definitely not. Angier is more ambiguous.[[unrepentant in his actions.]]
20th Jul '17 9:10:33 PM ProfessorGrimm
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* WasItReallyWorthIt: Both Angier and Borden are confronted by this at the end of the movie, if their obsession with the craft and their rivalry was truly worth it.

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* WasItReallyWorthIt: Both Angier and Borden are confronted by this at the end of the movie, if their obsession with the craft and their rivalry was truly worth it. [[spoiler: Borden decides no definitely not. Angier is more ambiguous.[[
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