Movie: Now You See Me
Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher, Dave Franco, Woody Harrelson, Michael Caine, Mark Ruffalo, Morgan Freeman
Directed by: Louis Leterrier
With an engaging story, exciting twists and an impressive cast keeping you hooked right up to its climax, 'Now You See Me' is a spectacle to see and behold. The sleight of hand does turns clumsy at the end, but fortunately it's not enough to derail this film.
What's it about?
Four street magicians (Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco) are brought together mysteriously and a year later, they're seen performing as the Four Horsemen to a packed house at a Las Vegas casino backed by insurance mogul Arthur Tressler (Michael Caine). They rob a bank in France as a show trick, thus bringing them to the attention of FBI agent Dylan (Mark Ruffalo) and Interpol officer Alma (Melanie Laurent). In order to crack their code, the agents contact Thaddeus Bradley (Morgan Freeman) who makes a mean penny by exposing magician secrets on television. However there is more to every character here than what meets the eye, and saying any more about the plot would spoil the fun.
The dazzling tricks used in the film are bound to elicit more than a few 'oohs' and 'aahs', but it is the cast's performances that are truly spellbinding. Of the Horsemen, Eisenberg and Harrelson stand out; the other two merely serving as eye candy. Freeman and Caine are watchable as ever, but Ruffalo's character doesn't quite convince. Our chief problem with the film was the final act that leaves you dissatisfied after a thrilling build up. It felt too much like the last few pages of a Hardy Boys novel, where all the pieces come together a little TOO conveniently.
What to do?
Minor grouses apart, 'Now You See Me' is well worth your time. So buy a ticket, get the hugest tub of popcorn available and settle in for two hours of fairly entertaining movie magic.
in.com rating: 3/5
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