Notable Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher, Dave Franco, Mark Ruffalo, Melanie Laurent, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine
I'm all about a good mystery flick. A thoughtful mystery caper with style and a pinch of action courtesy of director Louis Leterrier? With a cast like that? "Now You See Me" was a film that had a lot going for it, but because it focused on magicians and a plot to rob banks while on stage it felt like it was either going to be brilliant or a disaster. If you would consider it lucky, the film does manage to be decently entertaining with tons of energy and a slick style to make it a great popcorn flick. Like many other popcorn flicks though, the film most certainly rides on that energy and chemistry the entire time and in hindsight, "Now You See Me" ends up being a rather hollow and incohesive film experience.
When the Four Horsemen (Eisenberg, Fisher, Harrelson, Franco) arrive on the magic scene as a team each with a valuable talent/skill in magic, they seem to be the biggest thing to happen. When the four of them rob a French bank while on stage in Las Vegas, it gets law enforcement nervous. That's when they send Rhodes (Ruffalo) in to investigate. With the help of an INTERPOL agent (Laurent) and an ex-magician who sells their secrets (Freeman), Rhodes will have to start thinking two steps ahead of a team of magicians who seem to be able to predict every move.
|Much prettier than the four horsemen looks I would have expected.
|Yes. Fire. It's like magic.
|Ironically, I felt like the smartest man in the room by the end of the movie.
Written By Matt Reifschneider