“The closer you think you are, the less you actually see.”– Jesse Eisenberg as Danny Atlas
What’s good: The stunts and tricks are so much fun to watch.
What’s not good: The ending may cause some frustration.
What happened: The best movies always manage to keep you guessing until the very end. The more plot twists and surprises a film can have the better. Movie Watchers are more demanding than ever so it takes a lot to surprise us. ‘Now You See Me’ is the perfect example of how a movie can take you on a wild ride and shock you at every turn.
Danny (Jesse Eisenberg), Henley (Isla Fisher), Merritt (Woody Harrelson), and Jack (Dave Franco) are all great magicians who possess unique talents. Jack’s hands are so fast that you’ll never know he picked your pocket. Merritt is a mentalist who can easily hypnotize anyone with just a few words. Henley is a talented illusionist and Danny is a master magician. A secret benefactor assembles them to complete an unusual set of tasks. They soon become known as the Four Horsemen and pull off an amazing feat in Las Vegas. Now on the run from the police, the Four Horsemen rush to fulfill their ultimate goal.
FBI Agent Dylan Rhodes (Mark Ruffalo) always seems to be one step behind these criminals. Wait until you see how Danny gains the upper hand on him in an interrogation room. Rhodes chases them across the globe, but can’t figure out what their next move will be. Thaddeus Bradley (Morgan Freeman) is hated in the magician community for exposing their tricks. He has his eye on these young magicians and is determined to find out what their end game is. Agent Rhodes must stop this band of criminals before they escape.
It’s always great to see something new and exciting in the middle of so many predictable summer action movies. ‘Now You See Me’ delivers in so many ways. First, the magic tricks are some of the best we have seen in a long time. One of the coolest moments was seeing how they robbed a heavily secured bank vault at the end of the movie. This is a film that will keep you guessing until the very end. You will spend most of the time wondering how they pulled off their latest trick. Wait until you see the showdown between Jack and Agent Rhodes. That was truly an exciting fight scene! It is also fun to watch Morgan Freeman’s character figure out the truth behind most of the tricks. The plot is a little convoluted so pay close attention to the details offered throughout the story.
The only minor issue with ‘Now You See Me’ is what happens to the main characters at the very end. It is a bit of a letdown because you never see where they are going next. The audience is left to wonder what really happened to them. Making this clearer will allow audiences to appreciate the film so much more. Instead, some will be left with more questions than answers. The other issue is that damn shaky camera view the audience is subjected to during most chase scenes. This is so disorienting that it is hard to see anything that’s going on.
Bottom Line: ‘Now You See Me’ is a surprisingly good flick that is worth the steep price of admission.
Rating: PG-13 Run time: 1 hour, 55 minutes
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“NOW YOU SEE ME”