Now You See Me (2013)
Running Time: 115 minutes
Directed by: Louis Leterrier
Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher
Now You See Me is a summer film that follows four street magicians – Daniel Atlas (Eisenberg), Merritt McKinney (Harrelson), Henley Reeves (Fisher), and Jack Wilder (Franco) – who are brought together when they are summon to an unknown location, supposedly for something related to their skills as magicians. Flash forward to a year later, the magicians are now known as the Four Horsemen, a big time act. One day, during their show at Las Vegas, before a room full of audiences, the magicians robbed a bank in France without even leaving the show. Then, in comes FBI agent, Dylan Rhodes (Ruffalo), and Interpol, Alma Vargas (Laurent) to investigate what really happened, and how. They are then put through a merry chase after the magicians, with some help from professional illusion exposer, Thaddeus Bradley (Freeman). As the investigation continues, Rhodes finds himself deeper within the puzzle, but he is less able to detect the answers.
The movie proved to be a worthy summer blockbuster, it’s not your typical action film or crime/thriller flicks, instead with these elements mixed with the idea of illusions and magic, it stood out amongst the other films released at the moment. Smart, witty, comedic, to a certain degree action-packed, the movie was able to put audiences on the edge of their seats, as they constantly guessed what’s going to happen next, who is mastermind, etc. So, kudos to the writers! This is by far one of the only films related to magic or magicians that could be considered to be on par with Christopher Nolan’s The Prestige. I was entertained and hooked right from the beginning all the way till the end. Although, don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying this film is the same as The Prestige or that the concept is similar, no. They are two completely different movies, with only two similarities – magicians and Michael Caine. The cast, as star studded as it could be, was casted well, as everyone delivered equally convincing performances, regardless that they were the main stars or the supporting cast. The charismatic Jesse Eisenberg and the gentleness that Mark Ruffalo seems to always be able to bring to his roles really complete the dynamics of con artist and cop. The special effects of the film were solid, enabling the illusions of the film to be carried out as flawlessly as possible, convincing the audiences that these actors do indeed possess the skills and gifts of magicians. Aside from the shaky camera during certain scenes that would have looked better with slightly steadier shots, the movie pretty much serves its purpose as a source of entertainment and inspiration.
Overall, I would definitely recommend this film to everyone. It’s smart, it’s witty, there’s action, it keeps you on your toes most of the time, what more could you ask for? Just remember, “The closer you look, the less you see,” keep an open mind, and give the movie a shot.
Rating: 7 ½ out of 10