Directed by Louis Letterier, 'Now You See Me' tells the story of four gifted magicians who are are brought together to rob a bank in front of a live audience.
Jessie Eisenberg is an expert at slight-of-hand, Woody Harrelson is a mentalist (think Derren Brown, but naughtier), Isla Fisher has upgraded from being an assistant to having her own magic show, and Dave Franco is essentially a magic ninja, for want of a better description.
When a large sum of money goes missing from a Paris bank at the exact moment that their trick is performed in Las Vegas, it quickly raises the attention the FBI. With Dylan Rhodes (Mark Ruffalo) leading the case, he has certainly got his work cut out as the magicians use every trick in the book to evade capture. To help even the playing field, he seeks the help of former magician, turned TV debunker Thaddeus Bradley (Morgan "in absolutely everything at the moment" Freeman). Multimillionaire Arthur Tressler (Michael Caine) and Alma Dray (Mélanie Laurent) from Interpol also get tangled up in the situation.
The film starts off strong, with great chemistry between the four magicians, particularly Harrelson and Eisenberg. There are also some pretty inventive tricks which showcase their unique abilities.
However, once the Feds get involved, the film becomes more about the case to find them rather than seeing the illusionists at work. It is here that the crime caper starts to stumble, and looses some of its, well... magic.
By the final act, the plot starts to lose its way, leading to some unintentionally funny scenes and dialogue. It's a shame because the set-up and cast of characters are all fantastic. But perhaps it's the journey, not the destination that matters? In any case, 'Now You See Me' is still an entertaining experience, even if the illusion is eventually shattered when you look behind the CGI curtain.
Review by: Sarah O'Connell
Review Date: 3rd July 2013
Now You See Me
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