Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Now You See Me is one grand spectacle of razzle-dazzle proportions, nothing more, nothing less. But beneath all its glitz and glam, this magic-themed comedy/thriller is still highly entertaining. If you're a fan of magic and like Ocean’s Eleven, there's no reason to believe you wouldn't like this movie as well.
We begin our story with a few introductions: Danny Atlas, a cocky card shark (Jesse Eisenberg), Henley Reeves, a sassy escape artist (Isla Fisher), Merritt McKinney, a sly slick hypnotist/mentalist (Woody Harrelson) and Jack Wilder, a pickpocketing/safe-cracker (Dave Franco). Each of them receive a cryptic tarot card that directs them to a mysterious rundown Manhattan apartment where they receive a holographic blueprint for an incredible magic act.
Skip ahead one year and we see that they have teamed up, became somewhat famous and are known as The The Four Horseman. While doing a show in Vegas they seemingly rob a bank in Paris which ultimately results in their arrest shortly there after, at which time they encounter FBI agent Dylan Rhodes (Mark Ruffalo), a tough, by-the-books kinda of guy who does not believe in the magic they are selling.
So how did the Four Horseman pull off this nifty trick? Enter Thaddeus Bradley (Morgan Freeman), the man who makes a living off foiling magicians magics tricks and selling them to the masses. He soon partners up with the FBI to help debunk their magic scheme. All the neat little ticks and thrills take off from there.
Visually, the film has a great sense of style with enough moments where you're not quite sure if they are doing real magic or just tricks. Although there isn't a ton of action in the movie, mostly a couple chase sequences and a cool magic-enhanced fight scene between Ruffalo and Franco near the end. It's a surprisingly calm film from director Louis Leterrier whose specialty has been big action blockbusters.
I will say it does become a bit too much near the end. The schemes and plans are just too elaborate at times. There is no way a group of four people could pull off such intricate schemes that rely too much on luck, circumstance and long range planning and have it all come together perfectly in the end. Even for a movie, this isn’t all that realistic. Also, I wanted a little more clarification as to what their real "prize" was in the end? Is magic real? “Magic is deception done to delight, entertain and inspire.” Even though there were a few unanswered questions in the end, I felt this movie did exactly that. I found myself smiley throughout the entire movie.RATING: B