Two huge star-studded movies, helmed by two top-notch directors (Christopher Nolan and Martin Scorcese), are poised to be shown this fall: “The Prestige” and “The Departed”. Already, the blogosphere is starting to heat up with the buzz on these films.
“The Prestige” — boasting a heavyweight cast composed of Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale, Scarlett Johansson, Michael Caine, David Bowie, Piper Perabo, and Andy “Gollum” Serkis — is a tale of two rival magicians (Bale as Alfred Border and Jackman as Ruper Angier) who plied their trade in London around the turn of the century. Their fierce competition turns increasingly dangerous, prompting Angier’s mentor (played by M. Caine) to suspect that Border has real magical powers.
What makes this film interesting is that both Jackman and Bale have recently played comic book heroes: as Wolverine and Batman, respectively. The Prestige, based on a 1995 book bearing the same title, alludes to the residue that remains after a magician has successfully performed his trick.
The same dual dilemma is also evident in “The Departed”, which topbills Jack Nicholson as mob boss Frank Costello. A remake of the popular 2002 Hong Kong thriller “Internal Affairs”, the movie also features Leonardio DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Mark Wahlberg, Martin Sheen, Alec Baldwin, etc.
DiCaprio stars as an uncover cop (Billy Costigan) who infiltrates the criminal syndicate headed by Costello, in a parallel move with Matt Damon (Colin Sullivan), a criminal figure who joins the police force as a “mole” for the mob. Both undergo intense stress and fine-tuned tightrope walking as they gather information for their respective sides without divulging their real identities.
Incidentally, this movie also marks the third time that Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorcese have worked together.
Judging from the trailers of both movies, it looks like October is going to be a worthwhile month for moviegoers. The weighty names being bandied about and the high-caliber directors who are crafting these films should be a sufficient magnet for fans of both genres.