I went into see to this weeks new release “Now You See Me” starring I was going in judging purely from the previews. It looked like it was going to be a typical movie about magicians and magic. I could not have been more wrong. It’s very hard to talk about this movie without giving something away but I’ll do my best.
Jesse Eisenburg does a great job playing Danny, a self centered magician with enough ego and snark to fill the whole movie. Isla Fisher plays Henley, an escape artist who has a history with Danny as his assistant but they clearly did not part on good terms. Woody Harrelson plays mentalist, Merritt who uses his powers of observation and hypnotism to manipulate those around him. Dave Franco plays Jack, illusionist and part time petty thief. In the beginning of the film the magicians are brought together to form The Four Horseman, a magical show juggernaut thanks to help of multi-millionaire Arthur Tressler, played by Michael Caine. They attract attention after their first show from magic debunker, Thaddeus Bradley (played byt Morgan Freeman) and FBI agent Dylan Rhodes (played by Mark Ruffalo) and his partner in the case from Interpol Alma (played by Melanie Laurent).
The four magicians taunt the FBI and Thaddeus alike as they continue on their unexplainable crime spree. The characters are all realistically flawed and you somehow can simultaneously cheer for both sides of the fight while continuing to be stunned by illusion after illusion. The fight scenes are well choreographed, the relationships between characters evolve and the quips between actors keep the movie funny rather then dark.
The most stunning part of the movie for me, after the twist at the end, is the fact that every twist, turn and trick in the movie was explained before they ever show it to you. I recommend going to see it with a friend and then going to see it again to make sure you didn’t miss anything.