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Saturday, 13 July 2013

Review - Now You See Me

Review - Now You See Me

Now You See Me Poster.jpgNow You See Me is a Crime/action film directed by Louis Leterrier (The Transporter, The Incredible Hulk)

When first seeing the trailers for Now You See Me, i thought this was going to be a great film and then the reviews came pouring in and they seemed surprisingly negative! So going into the film i had low expectations but was still very intrigued to see it and was delighted at the outcome.

The plot is about 4 top tier magicians (J. Daniel Atlas (Jesse Eisenberg), Henley Reeves (Isla Fisher), Jack Wilder (Dave Franco), and Merritt McKinney (Woody Harrelson)  who form a group called the Four Horsemen, who perform in Vegas sponsored by Arthur Tressler (Michael Caine) for the finale they pick a man out of the audience and make him rob a bank for their trick.FBI Agent Dylan Rhodes (Mark Ruffalo) & Interpol Agent Alma Dray (Melanie) are trying to figure out how the group are able to rob that bank and so they try to get help from Thaddeus Bradley (Morgan Freeman) who is an ex-magician who now exposes magicians and shows the public how magicians do their tricks.

The movie is pretty much a cat and mouse chase with Ruffalo's character always one step behind the 4 Horsemen and it's a pretty interesting one, the tricks the 4 Horsemen do are amazing, unfortunately they aren't realistic, everything else in the film is realistic but when it comes to these tricks, it is impossible for them to do, which is one of only problems I had with this film, there is a few other problems with the film were that it lost momentum half way through the film, but it picked it up for the ending, there is also a plot twist at the end, which comes out of nowhere and doesn't really make sense, but it's easy to get over it and just keep going with the film, another gripe is that there isn't really a main character, i thought Jesse Eisenberg's character would've been, after seeing the promotional videos and images, but he is always in the 4 Horsemen group and progresses when the group progresses and Ruffalo's character had just as much screen time as the 4 Horsemen which I found very surprising. There is also a forced in romance that didn't need to be in the film at all.
The casting was brilliant, everyone was great in their roles, no standout performances, but everyone was very solid. This was a very fun film, which you can't take too seriously otherwise you'll probably dislike it!

3.5/5

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