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Go and See It – A review of Now You See Me

Updated on August 14, 2013
4 stars for Now You See Me
(From left) Isla Fisher, Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson and Dave Franco star as the Four Horsemen, a dynamic magic troupe that pull off an amazing bank heist
(From left) Isla Fisher, Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson and Dave Franco star as the Four Horsemen, a dynamic magic troupe that pull off an amazing bank heist

Title: Now You See Me

Production Company: Summit Entertainment

Run Time: 115 minutes

Rated: PG-13

Director: Louis Leterrier

Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine

Summary: A taut and fun heist caper made all the more enthralling with the use of magic and clever dialogue.

So when I first saw the previews for this film, I was fearing that it might be an allegory to the 99% and their ongoing efforts to accost Big Banking and the wealthy to play modern day Robin Hoods, robbing from the rich to give to the less fortunate.

While there is certainly an element to the picture that can be perceived that way, the movie really is a better than competent heist picture with the added element of magic that creates a slightly different nuance than we’re used to seeing.

Coupled with riveting and fun performances, this makes this movie well worth a visit to the box office.

Now You See Me features Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network) as a street magician who is recruited, along with three other slight-of-handers, to form a new act that will bring the house down in Vegas.

Along with Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher and Dave Franco, they pull off the illusion of a lifetime – they rob a bank in France. Of course this will set the police and Interpol hot on their collective tails. But they’re prepared for that.

Along for the adventure are Mark Wahlberg as the nonplussed domestic detective and Melanie Laurent as his Interpol counterpart. Morgan Freeborn plays a TV show host who debunks magical acts and Michael Caine is the financial backer for the four young artists.

Just about the time you think you know where the story is about to go, it takes a sharp turn down a totally different direction. Unfortunately, though, some of the outcomes are revealed too early and spoil some of the later illusions that we’re meant to believe, thus telegraphing the ending.

Also, while the tricks are certainly exposed during the film, sometimes the character motivations fail to make total sense, but this in no way makes the film any the less enjoyable.

This is one of those movies that you can just sit back and have a blast without putting much thought into it. Once you start dissecting the plot, the story unravels rather quickly. But for two hours of pure enjoyment, there isn’t much better to be had.

The interactions and performances of the four horsemen (as the group call themselves) is the true charm of the story, however, even when they are separated from one another, the banter is still quite amusing. Take, for instance, the scenes where the four magicians are interrogated individually. The obvious camaraderie of the cast shows through loud and clear in these montages.

Overall, this isn’t going to win too many awards, but just for being a fun romp, I give Now You See Me 4 out 5 stars.

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