It’s hard not to think about films like The Prestige or The Illusionist when you watch Now You See Me. All the plots revolve around the world of magic, they all have twists and turns throughout, and most important of all…they are excellent!
Now You See Me stands out not only because it combines illusion with bank robbery, but also because it always has a trick up it’s sleeve and an eye ready to wink.
Before I continue with my review, lets say ABRACADABRA to some trailers.
TRAILERS ATTACHED TO NOW YOU SEE ME:
THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES – While I could mock this trailer for looking like the love child of Twilight and Percy Jackson, I doubt it will be as popular as either. : Sell My Stock!
THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE – I’m sure this will be as successful as the first flick. I tried liking it, but found it to be highly overrated. : Sell My Stock!
RED 2 – Loved the first Red movie for it’s zany spin on espionage. But was a sequel necessary? : Sell My Stock!
PACIFIC RIM – This will be a good test to see if we are ready for a new Godzilla movie next Summer. : I Will Be There Opening Night!
THE WOLVERINE – This looks to be a major improvement from the first solo movie. : I Will Be There Opening Night!
THE HEAT – A little Melissa McCarthy can go a long way. Too bad there is never a little around. : Sell My Stock!
PRISONERS – A fantastic cast and a hard hitting story. Looks Oscar-ish. : I Will Be There Opening Night!
RUSH – As much as I like Ron Howard…when was the last time he directed a great movie? Cinderella Man? A Beautiful Mind? : Sell My Stock!
NOW ON WITH THE MAIN EVENT…
Within a year, four unknown street magicians (Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco) become the hottest act in Las Vegas, thanks to their wealthy benefactor (Michael Caine).
But how? Or Why?
These magicians, who go by the stage name “The 4 Horsemen”, were summoned by a mysterious lone figure before they became famous. All of their future actions play out as some sort of magician initiation for entry into a select group of illusionists.
When these now big time stage illusionists end their sold out Las Vegas show with a bank robbery in Paris, its up to an FBI agent (Mark Ruffalo) and an Interpol agent (Melanie Laurent) to not only catch them, but also find out how and why they did it.
As the magicians continue to steal, the agents realize that this mystery proves difficult to solve alone. They call on the insights of a former magician (Morgan Freeman), who now works as an exposer of illusion. They all soon learn that The 4 Horsemen have some connection to a long-dead magician, a corrupt steel company and heartless insurance company.
But no matter how close you look, I doubt you will see the twist at the end.
Now You See Me is the definition of a fun time at the movies. A terrific cast that plays off each other perfectly, and sometimes surprisingly, throughout this crime caper. Jesse Eisenberg is back in Mark Zuckerberg mode, while Mark Ruffalo and Melanie Laurent have terrific chemistry. A couple of scenes that really shine involve Oscar-winners Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman (a Dark Knight reunion) going toe-to-toe.
Even when the illusion is so grand and baffling, Now You See Me has you wanting to look closer. I don’t know if it’s the best movie of 2013, so far, but it sure is the most entertaining.
I give NOW YOU SEE ME **** out of ****.