Now You See Me Review
Four 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 (Mark Ruffalo) of the FBI and Alma Dray (Mélanie Laurent ) of Interpol on the case to find out how they did it. 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.
Was it good?
Now You See Me’s trailer was certainly one of the reasons why I wanted to see the film originally as it combined magic with a bank heist theme; thus it looked pretty intriguing and a must watch film!
However the trailers awesome appeal did not quite translate into the final viewing, but it’s still not a bad way to spend your Sunday afternoon.
Mind you the beauty of this film is that there is a clever plot twist at the end which most people will not see coming and this binds the film together (offering a touch of originality in an overcrowded market place).
Unfortunately this means once you have seen it the films replay/entertainment factor drops, though on a positive note the Blu-ray version I watched does have an extended version of the film with some extra scenes, so you can always watch this afterwards to prolong your viewing.
Plus the film has some nice Hollywood beefed up magic effects thrown in to keep you entertained/guessing and helps drive the story forwards; which moves along at a reasonable pace for the most part, though there were points in the film that dragged on a bit. You also have several well-known/respected actors on-board, such as Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman and Mark Ruffalo who all interject some quality acting into proceedings.
The remaining cast (Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher, Dave Franco) which makes up the Four Horseman also do a good job and play their respective roles well, but they are mostly overshadowed by the aforementioned actors.
Now You See Me is certainly worth watching if you never got around to seeing it the first time (simply for the clever plot twist at the end), but the trailer certainly does look more inviting than the film actual is.