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Two Victorian-era magicians spark a powerful rivalry that builds into an escalating battle of tricks and an unquenchable thirst to uncover the other's trade secrets. As these two remarkable men pit daring against desire, showmanship against science and ambition against friendship, the results are dangerous, deadly and definitely deceptive.
Thriller - This is a fairly dark thriller/drama about magicians is aimed at an
adult audience and requires a lot more thinking than a typical
popcorn thriller. The nonlinear storytelling may be a point of
confusion for some. Fans of stars Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale
will get their fill
here, but Scarlett Johansson admirers may be disappointed by her
fairly small role.
OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
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It all begins 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—while the lives of everyone around them hang in the balance. Rife with
sleight-of-hand shocks and revelations, the film delves into a riveting world where the farthest, darkest edges of
faith, trust and the possible are probed.