Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Ilsa Fisher, Dave Franco, Mark Ruffalo, Melanie Laurent, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine
Directed by Louis Leterrier
Run Time: 115 min
Genre: Mystery, Action
Release Date: May 31, 2013
My Score: 8 out of 10
J. Daniel Atlas (Eisenberg), Merritt McKinney (Harrelson), Henley Reeves (Fisher) and Jack Wilder (Franco) are mysterious pulled together by some unknown force that teams them up as a group of magicians called “The Four Horsemen.” But after the group has its first show in Las Vegas in which they successfully rob a bank in Paris of 3.2 million Euro, FBI agent Dylan Rhodes (Ruffalo) along with Interpol Agent Alma Vargas (Laurent) are after them to prevent any more robberies from happening, and more importantly figure out who they were able to rob the bank while they were halfway around the world with even be detected.
I had decent expectations for this movie as it looked like Ocean’s Eleven meets The Prestige, and with such a stellar cast it was impossible for this movie to fail. And what it delivered was easily a fun and thrilling summer flick that will keep you guessing at what is actually happening in the film and shock you when the final twist occurs as you would never have guessed it coming at all! Easily just pure fun and very well summer movie entertainment.
First off, the cast assembled for the movie was full of star power, and every single one of them brought their own signature style of entertainment to the film, whether it be Jesse Eisenberg’s slick style of humour he is known for or Mark Ruffalo’s frustration at a more contained level than when he was the Hulk last summer. Every character is perfect for the actor, and truly is just fun to watch a movie with such a talented cast that it takes your mind off some of the very bizarre and impossible plot twists as you could care less as the movie is just so much fun!
Plot wise, this movie is full of twists and turns at every scene, and the fact that some of them don’t make sense are just fine, as that is the purpose of them in the movie. The movie all works around one line “the closer you look, the less you’ll see” and that is the purpose for everything. The plot thrives because of this as the big secret of the movie is something you would have never guessed trying to follow the movie, so the odd plot twist that is completely from left field are welcomed. It creates a very fun thrill ride across the country following our group of magicians, and you’ll honestly be thinking this is what Ocean’s Eleven could have been like if Christopher Nolan directed it. The movie features some great action sequences as well, and is full of great laughs, so honestly, the few plot twists that are impossible are so minor that you don’t even notice them till after the film when you try and figure out the big secret, and you could care less as the ride was so much fun!
Easily the most pure fun I’ve had at the movies this summer from a completely original idea, Now You See Me is something that definitely deserves a second watch and then many more to see if you can prevent yourself from getting to close so you don’t miss everything happen right in front of your eyes!!