Now You See Me (2013) A Casual Review

exclusive-now-you-see-me-poster-134269-a-1368021617-470-75Four magicians each answer a mysterious summons to an obscure address with secrets inside. A year later, they are the Four Horseman, big time stage illusionists who climax their sold out Las Vegas show with a bank apparently robbed for real. This puts agents Dylan Rhodes of the FBI and Alma Vargas of Interpol on the case to find out how they did it. However, this mystery proves difficult to solve even with the insights of the professional illusion exposer, Thaddeus Bradley. What follows is a bizarre investigation where nothing is what it seems with illusions, dark secrets and hidden agendas galore as all involved are reminded of a great truth in this puzzle: the closer you look, the less you see.

The trailer really over sold this movie.  When the first trailer was released I was so excited.  Who wouldn’t want to see a bunch of magicians robbing a bank?

Finally being able to see this film I got to say it’s the not the best film I’ve ever seen.  Not saying it isn’t good, but I just expected a lot more based on what the premise was in the trailer.

It was a really good movie with superb special effects to go with it ranging from pseudo science to the down right impossible.  The cat and mouse game between the detective and the four horsemen was intriguing and every little thing that they do, for example touching someone’s shoulder had me questioning if that was part of the plan to hypnotize someone or… you know they really just care.  The whole basis is the closer you look at something the more impossible it is for you to see what’s actually happening.

The cast is awesome, Mark Ruffalo plays an awesome detective and Morgan Freemen steals the show as guy who loves to debunk magicians illusions.  Having Michael Caine be the owner of the company that the four horsemen are working for is a nice touch but I do wish that Mr.  Caine had more screen time.

Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco and Isla Fisher all played fantastically off one another, really capturing the moment and intensity of the fast paced moment to moment scenes.

It’s not the greatest film I’ve seen this year but it’s a solid performance none the less, a movie that I can easily watch more than once.