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Now You See Me
USA, France
Crime, Thriller, Mystery
IMDB rating:
Louis Leterrier
Morgan Freeman as Thaddeus Bradley
Mélanie Laurent as Alma Vargas
Stephanie Honore as Atlas Groupie
Jessica Lindsey as Hermia
Caitriona Balfe as Jasmine Trassler
Han Soto as Agent Painters
José Garcia as Etienne Forcier
James Rawlings as FBI Swat
Michael Kelly as Agent Fuller
Michael Caine as Arthur Tressler
Mark Ruffalo as Dylan Hobbs
Woody Harrelson as Merritt Osbourne
Common as Evans
Dave Franco as Jack
Jesse Eisenberg as Michael Atlas
Isla Fisher as Henley
Storyline: Four magicians each answer a mysterious summons to an obscure address with secrets inside. A year later, they are the Four Horsemen, 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 Dray 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.
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Questions answered and what to love about this movie
Despite all the nasty reviews it has received, I believe Now You See Me is one of the best movies ever, I watched it 7 times in 3 days and the thrill was never taken away, I just caught more of the plot. Who says in that it is impossible to re-watch, obviously they haven't tried it. People may say that there are some big plot holes, but I can fill in those because remember the closer you think you are, the less you actually see. explanation #1:spoiler: People say they tried so hard to steer the viewers away from guessing Dylan was behind it all and it fell apart, untrue, they give many big hints maybe not obvious ones but still. Merrit says he has big daddy issues, he gets protective, he fails from the start, he knows less than he should, he is dismissive about all magic, but pays really close attention to the parts about Lionel Shrike. #2:the eye, people say the movie would be better without it, but then what would their motivation be? They want to be great magicians and the way to get in as Alma explains is to blindly follow a chain of commands...#3 carousel ending, they said how Lionel Shrike performed his famous card in the tree trick with a man who worked at a carousel.#4Thaddeus Bradley framed, he debunked Dylan's father, which led to him doing the safe trick which led to his death so Dylan wanted to avenge his dad.#5 lack of character build up, false because it shows changes throughout, Jack, a kid, a con, he's scared, he's tired of being unappreciated, then he gets his big moment and he dies, but really he pulled off the whole end heist and finally changed like the card death symbolizes for ex. and there are many more things you probably missed by looking too closely, look at the big picture next time because the more you think you see, the easier it is to fool you.
Tricked Out
(May contain SPOILERS) One of the most annoying things about "Now You See Me" is lens flare. Lens flare is the current cinematic trick du jour, if not obsession of many directors looking to slick up their movies with a high gloss. Lens flare, you may recall, is when light enters the lens, refracts and creates a brief mini super-nova across the film frame. The cinematic equivalent of having a flashlight shone in your eyes, which this film does, on numerous occasions. It's an apt visual metaphor for a movie that proclaims itself to be about diverting the gaze in order to trick the viewer. But here, temporary blindness (like fake lens flare), is a cheap gimmick that is much easier to employ than true slight of hand. There's no real sense of magic in this movie that is about magic. The tricks along with the nature of magic itself are constantly being explained along the way draining the film of magic of any kind. The would be "brainy" complications of the plot are not brainy enough...the complicated bank account trick slogs on for what seems an eternity. Capers need to be plotted with air-tight precision that stand up to repeated viewings. The caper needs to be carried out by characters about whom you care enough to be invested in whether or not they get caught. The filmmakers here make the deadly mistake of thinking the tricks are more interesting than the tricksters. And present a series of tricks that are not really all that compelling. Shallow characters carrying out rather pedestrian tricks adds up to a movie that's rather shallow and pedestrian, no matter how much lens flare you throw at the camera. Which is a shame, because it's a fantastic premise which should have been developed for someone up to the task...a cinematic magician if you will. As for the plot, it gets loopier as it goes along, trying to explain itself because it really has no point. You never really know what anyone's motivation is...who is Morgan Freeman again? Why is Michael Caine in this and why is it okay to rob him? Which would be fine, except the movie is at such pains to keep explaining itself (literally) it starts to feel that the movie is explaining itself to itself. The actors were all wasted, trying desperately to impart some kind of character to their character (Harrelson is most successful, but his efforts are for naught. Eisenberg is completely wasted). There is one thrilling scene when the movie comes to life. A fight in a small apartment between one of the magicians and two FBI agents. The magician uses the magic from up his sleeves to fend off the two men. This scene, which approached a kind of magic, was what "Now You See Me" needed more of. But you'll have to settle for lens flare.
trying desperately hard to be more intelligent than it is
Overall a showman of a film. Flashy, loud with bells and whistles and big personalities, an exciting premise... illusionists rob banks using (supposed) magic but the four horsemen are just puppets in a game, but the hype is more than the substance of the film itself.

You'd expect suspense, twists, intelligent plot misdirection and all sorts of thrilling viewing? No. This film tries to be a lot more intelligent than it actually is. Like Atlas (Eisenberg) says, "Always be the most intelligent person in the room" or something similar, this film thinks it is being intelligent but actually it's not challenging enough. It gives too much away, isn't as unpredictable as it should be (really, you couldn't see that ending coming?) and just isn't as clever as it promises. The tricks I really wanted explaining weren't... the ones that were more obvious, were explained. The ending actually isn't a denouement, as it's been laying clues all along - and anyone who's seen a lot of films can see the "twists" coming a mile away. I focus on the twists and reveal because as a heist movie, the end is the big reveal. But, unlike Oceans Eleven, for example, it has more or less handed it to you on a plate already.

The actors were good. Morgan Freeman and Woody Harrelson stealing the show, of course, with Dave Franco doing a bang up job with some incredible physical acting, stunts and so forth. I'm afraid Jesse Eisenberg didn't convince in his character and was annoying after a while, Franco rather underutilised really. Isla Fisher was good but clearly the "glamour" rather than a serious character, which was a shame as she was good.

This was supposed to be a big blockbuster film, big back drops, epic stunts and huge crowd scenes, but it failed to deliver. As heist/magic genre films go it's not that great, and The Prestige was far more cerebral and gripping. Entertaining to a point but I got a bit bored, and some of the scenes were too long - chases etc. If you are a fan of heist films or magic you'll enjoy it, or are a fan of particular actors, or will just enjoy it for what it is and don't want to be challenged intellectually, it's a great film. I think Hollywood endings are just too commonplace. 6/10 for me.
Great fun and smarter than you expect
When it comes to summer movies, this is about as good as it gets. We got to the movies to be entertained and lose ourselves for 2 hours for a price of an admission ticket. I can say without flinching that this was totally worth it.

The film was so much more enjoyable than I thought it would be from watching the trailers. It has a lot of wit, clever plot, suspense, magic, humor, twists, and action. It has something for everybody. The acting was great overall and I really liked the characters. In my mind 3 people stuck out. Mark ruffalo, Morgan freeman, and woody harrelson. They were great.

Overall I was surprised at how good the story was. Sure it won't win any Oscars but it takes a road at the end that nobody would see coming. It makes you want to go back and see it twice to understand it better, and just like all magic tricks, some of it can't be explained and you are left with no answer but to believe that what you saw was true. And to me that's fun
Skip it if you have a brain
I agree with the other negative reviews: good actors performing an incoherent script. The film is more of a collection of clichés than a story. One thing I haven't seen mentioned is how left-wing it is. We are supposed to cheer when Michael Caine's character gets screwed. The only reason I can see is because he is rich. Jesse Eisenberg on the other hand plays a smug guy you would like to smack upside the head. However, his heart is pure so it turns out good for him. Much of the story and the tricks are based upon screwing the "one percent." If you aren't a Wall Street occupier or are greater than 12 years old I recommend skipping it. Come to think of it, it's too violent for viewers 12 or less.
Now Try To Watch Me!
What if the American Dream was only money? What if the dollar bill, no longer based on gold, was the only measure of everything, and a grand illusion? Has one become too jaded after watching such blockbusters on end? Well, here we are. Watch my eyes, watch my eyes, don't look around my eyes!

Should we first go through character exposition? Please meet an illusionist (Jesse Eisenberg), a mentalist (Woody Harrelson), a spoon bending sleight (Dave Franco) and an escape artist doing (or not) an Houdini routine with piranhas (Isla Fisher). Is that enough of a random crew for you? Good, let's proceed.

Teaming up through tarots (no, really!) our "Four Horsemen" (of what?) are confronted with a Jigsaw-like setup which, let's say it once and for all, is impossible to achieve without a hefty dose of CGI. Any magic which will follows will be equally impossible to achieve without a green wall. Consider yourself warned – and bored in equal measure.

One year later, they are onstage in Las Vegas, for a grand illusion performance that has nothing to do with their conjugated talents apart from throwing card decks to the audience and explaining where a bunny goes when it vanishes. The show is a decoy for an elaborate heist to rob the Crédit Républicain de Paris (again?) to rapturous applause. Morgan Freeman is in the audience, playing The Eye in the Sky with his trademark bonhomie.

Sir Michael Caine is there too, of course. Ah, Michael Caine, him of the endless list of cardboard characters requiring a British accent. So can we establish that Caine is evil and Freeman good in this movie narrative? Thank you.

Siphoning money through a conveniently placed air duct, the heist relies on CGI and Jose Garcia's innocent-abroad French idiomatics, from La vache to Oh merde. Interpol Agent Dray (Mélanie Laurent) flies in from Europe and is pitched against FBI's Agent Rhodes (Marc Ruffalo, awful as usual). The Four Horsemen are interrogated, leading to more impossible tricks which will be explained by surveillance cameras played in slow motion.

Excusez-moi, the French heist being debunked by Morgan Freeman by way of a trapdoor, should we move on? Caine says to Freeman he has little eyes; the plot hinges on who does/did not believe in magic during a money transfer scene shamelessly appealing to Katrina hurricane's victims before dragging forever on a protracted gag. Agent Rhodes reads with his fingers and Agent Dray knows everything as per the plot to progress.

Suddenly the Four Horsemen become fugitives and someone imperviously asks "Now get me an airplane", which one guesses is part of the perks of featuring in such big budget endeavours. Come on, how many times were you able to shout that, then get one?

There is a Fifth Horseman masterminding the whole thing. There is a not bad car chase, lifted from other movies from the most part, but one has no idea what it is doing there. One Horseman appears to be down, not that it affects in any way the somnolent viewer. There is also a red herring or two.

A safe full of balloon animals pops open, a scene glossily but ineptly made, and one's heart goes to the prop crew. Now, what could possibly be more insulting than a Katrina's ripoff? Well, a 911 light show of course!

No one barely educated in such big budget thrill rides will have any hard time guessing who's the Fifth Horseman: the only reason why being "Because we say so". Money IS magic. Everyone is dumb. The true marker of fame is Times Square. Oh la la.

A sequel is due in a couple of mouths. Same magical time, same magical place, folks!
If Ocean's 11 was turned into a teeny-bopper, this is it.
Its supposed to be a cast of superstars, which loosely is related to a bank heist, comes off as a poor man's knock off -- pick any of the Ocean's movies -- however they tell a story from a completely ridiculous setting; this sets the pace for the rest of the film. Production quality and big names disguise the fact that you're watching a F of a movie at best. Gets a 1 because 0 isn't available. This movie's character development is atrocious. Its rushed and doesn't identify with its audience since the characters are put in a setting that's completely ludicrous. Its a paint-by-numbers script. I should have turned it off at the 10-15 minute mark; and if you feel the same way after the beginning of Act 1, then I highly suggest you learn from my mistake and don't waste your time.
It would have been better if it was about "real" magic
Every single Hollywood cliché is used. A 5 year old can finish just about every sentence in the lines of the actors.

The tricks are so ridiculous that actual magic would have been more believable. And heavy cgi is used to augment these "tricks" to make them even more ridiculous.

The "twist" at the end is so boring, and predictable - not from the plot, but from the Hollywood cliché expectation of "let's put the ridiculous 'twist' in the end" motive.

This movie is an insult to intelligence. If you like the "infinity PLUS one" arguments, this is exactly what this movie is.
I Actually Enjoyed This A Lot
I've been seeing so many negative reviews on this movie but when I watched it, I thought it was great. Was it the best movie to ever exist? No, but it was thoroughly entertaining and I thought that the actors did a great job. There were definitely a lot of unexpected twists in the movie especially at the end, which was my favorite part. The plot was very complex and kept you guessing. The cast made their characters funny and for the most part, likable. I also think that the movie did a great job of getting into the mindsets of actual magicians and showed how their mindsets and tricks work. I know that I personally can't wait for the sequel.
It will go down in history as the best movie of 2013.
A lot of people also think there is no real magic in this movie. Since the condescending black guy, Thaddeus, debunks just about every magic trick in the movie.

Well, there is a lot of magic in this movie. One of them is the building leap where the 3 Horsemen turn into money. How does one explain that?

How did the 30-year-old New York Post paper featuring a two page article on Lionel Shrike get inside Alma Dray's Liberation newspaper in Paris? How did Dylan Rhodes escape the locked prison cell when he visited Thaddeus from behind him and then appear in front of him where the door is at?

In the interrogation room Merritt informs Alma about Dylan having daddy issues and that it's her first time off the desk. So he is a real mentalist. He can also feel energy through closed doors and glass when he acknowledges Fuller and Dylan looking at him in the room. Jack disappears from inside the curtain when Dylan grabs him at the joint. And appears on the other side. It's unexplainable, so it's magic.

And also, how did Atlas get the SUCK IT card inside Thaddeus' velveteen pocket before their second show?

We may never know whether the story of the cheating husband at the beginning is true or not. But we do know about Dylan having daddy issues and Alma being her first time off the desk. No one told Merritt. Well, least not about Alma. This is magic.

Thaddeus knew an unusual amount of information about the Horsemen plans and The Eye. So The Eye is real, or was real. He knew about the book Alma was reading called The Guardians of Horus. He even tells Arthur that whatever the grand trick is was designed long ago. How does he know this?

Another clue is the first meeting with Thaddeus when he tells them that they are being played because it's a game. Only Dylan can understand him.

Some people claim that there is no growth in the characters and that they are shallow. Again, not true. They had a start as individual acts, Merritt was successful at one stage, even had a TV show. He was trying to do a comeback with a book he wrote about hypnosis.

Before they leave the joint, Henley wonders who they are working for and Jack doesn't want to go to jail. Or get killed. Merritt is expecting a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Henley reminds them that they must stick to the plan and Merritt will get to do whatever he wants after.

Jack, since he is the youngest, is often treated unfairly. Even in the engineered Jet scene when he wants to speak about his part on the show. He is dismissed. Atlas and Henley used to work together back in the day and went their separate ways as Atlas was a control freak.

When they post a video on Youtube about Jack's death, Merritt also says they have started something bigger than all of them. And they have to finish it. In the lift at 5 Points Henley comments that she had a year of fun even if she goes to jail. This is character development.

At Central Park Merritt celebrates Jack for being 'a big boy now'.

The story is NOT about the Horsemen. It is about Dylan Rhodes. He is the one that grows throughout the movie. He is the one who is satisfied at the end. He is the one who had a goal. He is the one who knows what was happening and what to do.

After the inciting incident, Dylan gets a call from Fuller. He accepts the opportunity and goes to his office to start with the case. When he gets there, to cover his tracks, he acts like he doesn't want anything to do with the case. His plan did not or would not involve anyone outside the bureau, much less an agent from Interpol. He didn't see this one coming.

He later changes his mind when they let them go, confusing the agents. Again, to cover his tracks. When Fuller tells him about Thaddeus being in the show filming the Horsemen, he, to us, did a terrible job when he denies ever having any knowledge about the magic debunker. And only we can see this. Even when they meet Thaddeus at his offices, he had to convince everyone that he doesn't know anything about magic or his own father, Lionel Shrike. He acts like a dummy. We are the only ones who can see this.

At the empty Las Vegas theater, he did an excellent job when he 'pretended' that he didn't know how they stole the money from Paris. For Alma. He had to keep up with her for most of the movie because she was onto something. She's a researcher. A desk agent like Merritt said.

Of course Thaddeus won't last in jail. And yes Arthur's money is gone. Merritt can hypnotize people over the phone to get them to do whatever he wants. Even if Credit Republican of Paris gets its money back since the bank money is probably insured and the Elkhorn money inside the safe at the warehouse, the whole point was for Dylan was to humiliate his victims. Arthur Tressler's insurance career is over. After they exposed his company it will be done away with.

Thaddeus Bradley's ego is busted. He'll find it very difficult to return into the business after what Dylan did to him.
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