With so many blockbuster hitting the summer season, it is hard to imagine where the likes of Now You See Me fits in the lineup. This crime thriller is directed by Louise Leterrier, who is know for his work in The Transporter and The Incredible Hulk. The director helms this caper which looked be one of a kind, thanks to its trailers. Yet even with mystery and cast, did this film give us magic or is it just a trick?
Now You See Me follows four magicians called The Four Horsemen. The world discovers that these magician are playing a big show as they not only pull off massive tricks, but manage to rob banks blind in the process. With these major heists, FBI agent Dylan Rhodes (Mark Ruffalo) tries to catch the magicians in the act as a bigger illusion slowly unfolds.
The plot to Now You See Me certainly knows trick the misdirect. However, intriguing as it may be, Now You See Me’s story is far from perfect. The pacing in the plot is rushed, giving us little time to know the characters as well as grasping the idea behind this heist film.
With cast that features Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Michael Cane and Morgan Freeman, one can only imagine good things. Unfortunately, much like the plot, the cast is hit and miss. Mark Ruffalo has center stage through most of the film; and he certainly gives it his all. However Agent Rhodes is the only character who has development. The four horsemen are enjoyable, but none of them have any time to evolve(though having them in a antagonist role gives the genre a different perspective). Mélanie Laurent gives a good performance as Alma Vargas;but like the horsemen, there is not much to her character. Fortunately, the cast is rounded out from the supporting performances of Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman; and as always, both are great.
Being a movie about magic, one has to expect seeing effects and illusions worthy of cinema. Now You See Me does have big time effects; and though the CG makes the magic look grand, a blend of practicality would have made this element better . The cinematography can be an eyesore. With the action scenes, the camera is constantly moving which makes it difficult to to enjoy the scene. It seem that in case of Movie Magic, Now You See Me is one rabbit short of a hat trick.
Despite its concept, Now You See Me is not the best of heist films. The movie would have been better with more practical magic tricks and less action. However, Now You See Me does keeps you interested with its sense of misdirection. You will be guessing the mystery til the very end;which leads to a mixed conclusion. It may not be the best film of the summer, but Now You See Me is worth a watch; though this magic show is worth only one viewing .
Now You See Me is now playing in theaters. Check the Columbus Theaters for showtimes.