Now You See Me(2013)
The closer you look, the less you'll see.
Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher and Woody Harrelson star in this cat-and-mouse crime thriller as part of The Four Horsemen, a team of the world’s greatest illusionists. Pursued by an elite FBI squad (led by Mark Ruffalo), The Horsemen pull off a series of daring heists during their performances, showering the stolen profits on their audiences while staying one step ahead of the law. Co-stars Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman and Dave Franco.
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BY Tony Stamp Flicks Writer
I knew Now You See Me and I weren't going to get along early on, when Isla Fisher's character throws a sheet on top of something as part of a magic routine, and the sheet is obviously CGI, all crazy pirouettes and whirls. It struck me as somewhat ironic that a movie ostensibly about sleight of hand and trickery opted for something so clearly fake over something subtle but convincing. There is plenty of CGI throughout Now You See Me, and it's mostly employed to keep you from thinking too much about the absurd plot.... More
Fisher joins Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, and Dave Franco as jobbing magicians who are separately contacted by a mysterious figure and enlisted into a mystic order of magicians. Or something. The four team up and become famous illusionists, until as part of a performance in Las Vegas they somehow stage a bank robbery in Paris, and FBI agents Mark Ruffalo and Mélanie Laurent are called in to investigate.
The film's main asset is its sprawling cast. All of them (including veterans Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman, as a financier and ex-magician respectively), turn in performances with lots of charm. It's mainly Ruffalo's show though, as the main quartet spend less and less time onscreen, and we focus on his increasingly frustrated efforts to track them down.
Plenty of twists ensue, as well as fist fights, car chases, and more gaudy stage magic. Ultimately it's a slick bit of Hollywood bombast masquerading as something trickier. I just didn't buy any of it, and when a film is clearly trying to draw you in and then dazzle you with plot turns, that's a problem.Hide
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BY CJRedshaw superstar
As a lover of magic this film leaves me wanting. The film really is all smoke and mirrors and shows no real real magic that you may desire. The characters are not really developed enough to build a real audience rapport. Leave feeling like magic is all painstakingly planned and calculated rather than being bewildered by its improbability. Big names like Freeman and Caine just came along for the ride. This movie had its moments but were not enough to put this on my top recommendations list.
BY Rhys-Rushton superstar
What I liked was the intensity of the movie and the, who did what and when. The action was OK but this movie is not touted as an action flick (luckily).
What I did not like was the pretentious premise of the movie. As such I had to look objectively without over thinking the plot. This spoke more about what the movie lacked rather... More than what it added to the movie going experience.
A stained 3/5 from me.Hide
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