The Prestige (2006)
Based on Christopher Priest’s 1995 novel of the same name, The Prestige follows Robert Angier (Hugh Jackman) and Alfred Borden (Christian Bale), rival stage magicians in London at the end of the 19th century. Obsessed with creating the best “transporting man” illusion, they engage in competitive one-upmanship, with fatal results. Packed with curveballs, body doubles, and Tesla-built magic machines, the movie was criticized for its overly convoluted plot.
Despite the movie’s complicated storylines, viewers are generally satisfied with how it ends. At the end of the movie, it is revealed that Borden actually has a twin brother, so the two can double for each other to accomplish the illusion. Angier, meanwhile, builds a machine that makes endless copies of himself, allowing himself to murder his copies during every performance.