America loves magic! Or at least that’s what the makers of Now You See Me, which opens in theaters everywhere today, is hoping for. And now that this highly anticipated film can finally be seen, audiences will get to see if all the hype was just a trick that was played on them, or one worth telling their friends about.
So, what exactly is Now You See Me all about? Glad you asked. Come over here and you’ll find out, (assuming the real run down isn’t over there, on some other website, while this one poses as a mere distraction, of course). Now You See Me is about four magicians, with unique skill sets and varying degrees of popularity, who are mysteriously brought together to form a team called “The Four Horsemen.” Upon completing perhaps the most elaborate magic tricks known to man, The Four Horsemen will then be granted acceptance into “The Eye,” a mythical magician’s club whose mission is to protect “real” magic.
However, the magic tricks, which involve robbing the rich, whether it be a bank or a wealthy investor, and giving to the poor, don’t exactly sit well with law and order. So before they can say “abracadabra” The Four Horseman must make sure they stay several steps ahead of, not only law enforcement, but of another famous magician who has made it his life’s work to expose the secrets of magicians for his own financial gain.
With Jesse Eisenberg, (The Social Network), Woody Harrelson, (Natural Born Killers), Isla Fisher, (Wedding Crashers), and Dave Franco, (Superbad), as The Four Horseman; Mark Ruffalo, (The Avengers), as the lead detective on their case; Morgan Freeman, (Se7en) as the “anti-magician” magician; and Michael Cain, (The Dark Knight), as somewhat of a puppet master, one could easily say that a film could not go wrong with such fantastic casting. However, that would be overlooking Now You See Me’s ability to draw what audiences loved most about such films as The Prestige, The Bourne Identity, Catch Me if You Can, and The Usual Suspects and create a fun and incredibly entertaining film that will stand the test of time in its own right.
With plot twists that keep audiences guessing all the way until the end, Now You See Me is sure to be a magic-trick-turned-movie that will keep movie-goers going back again and again in an effort to see “the ace up the sleeve.” And in crime thrillers, where there are usually clear winners and losers, the filmmakers of Now You See Me remind audiences that in magic, even if your watch gets taken, the important thing is that you enjoyed the trick.
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