Now You See Me

The last time I checked, Now You See Me was at 50% on both Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic. I have no influence on either of those scores… Yet. Not that anyone pays attention to me, but I would like to say that I enjoyed the movie.

Now You See Me is a heist movie with a twist: It’s an illusion! Or is it? Four magicians played by Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher, Dave Franco, and Woody Harrelson receive invitations to New York City. Once they arrive at the address on the invite, they realize that the person who requested their appearance has something their sleeve.

One year later, they are going by the name “The Four Horseman.” With the help of their benevolent benefactor Arthur Tressler, (Michael Caine) they are performing at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. For the grand finale, they magically transport a member of the audience to a bank vault in Paris, then proceed to steal the money. Pretty neat trick, if you can get away with it.

Of course this stunt attracts the attention of the G men. Much to his chagrin, Agent Dylan Rhodes (Mark Ruffalo) is assigned the case. And since it was an international crime, Interpol sends Agent Alma Dray (Melanie Laurent) to investigate. In the course of the investigation, the two agents make the acquaintance of Thaddeus Bradley, (Morgan Freeman) a former magician who now makes his money by exposing the secrets of illusionists.

Along the way, the Four Horsemen’s illusions/heists get more daring. At one point, there is a pretty good car chase through the streets of NYC. Director Louis Leterrier is no stranger to car chases having worked on the Transporter movies. He also directed The Incredible Hulk, and I liked that film too.

Just saying.

With most heist films, the audience roots for the robbers, and Now You See Me is no different. One thing of the good things about the movie is that the “white hats” are just so darn likable. Seriously, who doesn’t like Mark Ruffalo? Melanie Laurent looked like she was having fun with all the absurdity going on around her, which is more than I can say about her performance in The Concert; but I have already discussed that film.

Sure, Now You See Me may not be as fun as Ocean’s 11, and it’s not as intense as Heat, but is that a bad thing? I’m not saying it’s the greatest movie ever, but it’s not the worst either.

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