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Now You See Me
I'm sure most young people love MAGIC, as do older ones like me with grey hair.
I became interested in magic when I was about 12, and I had a suit case full of standard tricks 6 months later.
As the years went by I read lots of books and watched movies about all the famous magicians.
One of the my highlights was being levitated on stage by another magician. Photo below is mine & all rights Reserved.
Therefore I feel qualified enough to say, in my humble opinion "NOW YOU SEE ME" is one of the best ever made, and will become a movie classic's.
The film opens with four mediocre, magicians making their living as street performers. They are good at what they do, but not good enough for the big time in the Las Vegas clubs. However, a mysterious person with a hoodie has been shadowing them individually, watching their acts and every move as they perform. His identity is unknown and not reveled till the very end.
Daniel Atlas, played by Jessie Eisenberg, is good at card tricks and a pick pocket with a very big Ego.
Merritt McKinney, ( Woody Harrelson ) is a would be version of the Mentalist. Using mind games and hypnosis.
Henley Reeves ( Isla Fisher ) was once Atlas's assistant on stage, but now does death defying stunts to please the crowd.
Jack Wilder ( Dave Franco ) is a fraudster who's tricks are only scams. He suckers people in by offering them money to guess how he does his tricks, but then picks their pockets.
"the closer you look, the less you see"
This is what Magic is all about. Not what you see, but what you don't, and that's how this movie is all the through. Deception and always keeping one or more steps ahead of your audience and the Police.
Now the Adventure starts for the four vagabonds.
Each receive a tarot with an address where they are to go and receive instructions to become the greatest magicians Las Vegas has ever seen. Lured by fame and money they go, only to find a run down apartment, and nobody is there. Instead they find very elaborate plans on how to rob banks whilst they are on stage, and therefore giving them perfect alibis.
The first bank robbery was in Paris, and the audience watched as someone was teleported from the stage into the bank vault. The money was sucked up into the air ventilation system which then rained down on the audience back in Las Vegas.
They became famous overnight, and are now known as the Four Horsemen.
French Interpol sent agent Alma Dray ( Melanie Laurent ) to Las Vegas to assist the FBI agent Dylan Rhodes played by Mark Ruffalo in their investigation.
Not getting any further on how the Magicians are getting away with these crimes, along comes Thaddeus Bradley (Morgan Freeman) an ex-magician who reveals other magicians' tricks to make money. He then helps the FBI by telling them how they are getting away with the robbery's.
The next big show is in New Orleans, where Arthur Tressler ( Michael Caine ) a multi millionaire is asked to come up on the stage. He then gets his bank account emptied by the magicians and transfer his money into the accounts of the audience. The magicians tells the audience that Arthur Tressler was the owner of an Insurance Company that had made millions by ripping off its customers. The crowd storm the stage and in the chaos the magicians make their escape, however Alma who is chasing Daniel corners him in a dead end street and tells him to stop and raises a gun. Daniel looks her square in the eyes, and defiantly climbs over a fence and makes his getaway. FBI agent Dylan questions Alma as to why she let him getaway. She explained that he was unarmed ans could not shot him in cold blood. She then tells Dylan a story about a secret society of magicians called "The Eye". A group similar to Robin Hood; stealing from the rich, giving to the poor. Dylan becomes more weary of her involvement in this whole saga, and why Interpol sent her in the first place.
Finally the Police have a location on the Four Horseman's hideout. They surround the place and break in, only to find the building on fire and Jack who was making his getaway after lighting blaze to remove all evidence. Jack made his getaway in a car with police and FBI in tow. After a great car chase, Jacks car crash's on a bridge, flipping over several times and catching fire. FBI agent Dylan try's to get him out, but the fire is to intense and is forced back from the heat.
The following day, the remaining three magicians release a statement saying they mourn the loss of their colleague, but there final show will still go ahead in the 5 Points neighborhood as a tribute. Meanwhile the police have figured out their next target from papers that were not destroyed in the fire. A safe stored in a warehouse with millions of dollars. The FBI team rush to where the safe is stored, only to find it empty. A FBI agent guarding the safe told them it was loaded on a truck and was being moved to safer location. They chase down the truck and find a safe in the back. Thaddeus tells them to open it. The safe is filled with balloons, the Four Horsemen have done it again. By now, Dylan is convinced there is a fifth member of the team, potentially Alma or Thaddeus himself.
At the final show at 5 points, money rains down on the spectators as the Magicians make their getaway again.
A tip off to police gets Artur Thaddeus arrested when they find his car full of the stolen money from the safe at warehouse. Whilst in prison, Thaddeus explains FBI agent he is innocent. But Dylan is not interested. For him the whole case is over. Knowing that Four Hoarse have retired. This is not the end of the movie, the last five minutes shows you who is responsible for the planning of all the shows. What happens to Alma & Dylan. The Magician that died in car crash, he might do a Lazarus. I will leave all that out, otherwise it be a Big spoiler. Enjoy the show.