Director : Louis Leterrier
Screenplay : Ed Solomon, Boaz Yakin and Edward Ricourt
Cast : Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher, Dave Franco, Mélanie Laurent, Morgan Freeman & Michael Caine (OMG!)
Run Time : 115 min
Magic! Ever since the times of Houdini, many seek to entertain the world with magic but only a few succeed. This is what Now You See Me is all about. The trailer showed glimpses of phenomenal tricks, illusions beyond comprehension and with a cast that includes Sir Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman it promised to be a movie that will you keep you on the edge of the seat, guessing how the rabbit came out of the hat.
|First rule of magic: Always be the smartest guy in the room.|
|Shit. They can do magic.|
Both Arthur Tressler and Thaddeus Bradley are outmaneuvered completely as the movie progresses and made to look incompetent. It takes courage to cast Sir Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman and then demolish both their characters completely and this is exactly what Louis has done. Cheers to him, but it seems like a complete waste of their talents. These two are giants in the world of cinema and are capable of incredible versatility and the director seems to have forgotten this fact entirely. When you buy a Ferrari, you expect to drive it at 200 mph, you deserve that much at least. Louis though, decided to leave both his Ferraris in the garage. Somehow, they salvage the movie with a brilliant plot twist that leaves you in shock and awe. The final sequence is grand to say the least and
|Bruce, I am God.|
"Now You See Me" has a really good story-line and sublime special effects. It will impress the casual movie-goer but if you have watched movies like "The Prestige", you will be disappointed.
In the end, it is hard to pin point what went wrong in the movie. It was made beautifully, and had all the ingredients to become a truly great movie but it lost its way somewhere along the way. This, my friends is the difference between a movie about magic and a movie that is Magic.
J. Daniel Atlas: The closer you think you are, the less you'll actually see.
J. Daniel Atlas: You have what we in the business like to call nothing up your sleeve. Because if you did it means that you and the FBI and your friends at Interpol actually believe in magic.
Dylan Hobbs: Can you explain to me how you went from Las Vegas to Paris in three seconds?
J. Daniel Atlas: What do the kids call it these days ? Oh, magic.