Now You See Me: Fun for the Eyes and Brains—Movie

Now You See Me” ups the ante on crime capers with some terrific special effects—without resorting to 3-D—to go along with a mind-bending, entertaining plot.Now You See Me

Directed by Louis Leterrier  with screenplay by Ed Solomon, Boaz Yakin and Edward Ricourt and story by Yakin and Ricourt, “Now You See Me” is about four street magicians. Each has his/her own specialty and are brought together by an unknown source to perform inspired robberies under the guise of illusion before live audiences, the first of which takes place in Las Vegas.

The first robbery is so spectacular and daring that the FBI is brought in, headed by Agent Dylan Rhodes (Mark Ruffalo) and his sidekick, Agent Fuller (Michael J. Kelly), as well as French Interpol Agent Dray (Mélanie Laurent), to investigate.

Billed as The Four Horsemen—Jesse Eisenberg, Dave Franco, Isla Fisher and Woody Harrelson—are the illusionists. Morgan Freeman portrays Thaddeus Bradley, a magic debunker, who tries to help with the investigation and Michael Caine,  as the owner of the hotels where the illusionists perform, round out the cast.

Of the four illusionists, actors Jesse Eisenberg and Woody Harrelson are the standouts. Eisenberg is always interesting to watch. He brings an air of intelligence to every part and this role is no exception. He is utterly believable as the fast-talking magician. Harrelson is terrific as the mind-reading hypnotist. It’s a hoot to see him go from sane to crazy/sinister in a nano second. He steals every scene he’s in.

While Ruffalo is a fine actor, his scenes with Laurent seem like something out of the 60s. He appears to have a bug up his a** because she’s a woman. Really? In this age? What’s even more problematic is Laurent. She’s very hard to understand.

Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman never disappoint. Freeman has the larger role and he lends just the right amount of mystery to his role.

“Now You See Me” is full of twists and turns and requires that you have your wits about you to fully appreciate what’s happening. So be sure to get caffeinated before entering the theatre. You’ll be glad you did.  Although the film dips a bit in the middle, it starts out spectacularly and finishes with a huge bang.

3 nuggets out of 4

 

 

 

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