Even The Masked Magician couldn’t make complete sense of Now You See Me. In various areas of the United States, four unique but separate magicians in illusionist Danny Atlas (Jesse Eisenberg), mentalist Merritt McKinley (Woody Harrelson), escape artist Henley Reeves (Isla Fisher), and sleight-of-hand con artist Jack Wilder (Dave Franco) make a living off of their skills.
Their skills lead each of them to be recruited by some unknown entity. One year later, the individuals have formed to become the Four Horsemen, selling out arenas and putting on grandiose shows in Las Vegas.
All is well and good until the group pulls off the unthinkable by robbing an actual bank in Paris and no one knowing how they’ve accomplished doing so. Magic? Actual real methods? It is up to FBI agent Dylan Rhodes (Mark Ruffalo) to figure this out.Magic can be cool to look at. But once it is boiled down to its core elements, there isn’t all that much there.
This is, in my opinion, a good description of Now You See Me. Some cool stuff on the surface, but as more becomes revealed, little is of substance.Louis Leterrier holds the magic directorial wand here, and technically, it doesn’t look that bad.
The large scale matters like the heist and chase scenes have a nice flow to them. Since we’re dealing with magicians, we’re always looking at these moments with a tighter eye than usual, just to see if we can catch what the magicians are up to. Some of the more smaller scaled bits like throwing cards or floating in a bubble look cheaper than anticipated,. Even with the script problems (and there are a litany of them), the pace never really slows to a crawl, which is a good thing
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