Now You See Me pits an elite FBI squad in a game of cat and mouse against "The Four Horsemen," a super-team of the world's greatest illusionists. "The Four Horsemen" pull off a series of daring heists against corrupt business leaders during their performances, showering the stolen profits on their audiences while staying one ...more
Now You See Me pits an elite FBI squad in a game of cat and mouse against "The Four Horsemen," a super-team of the world's greatest illusionists. "The Four Horsemen" pull off a series of daring heists against corrupt business leaders during their performances, showering the stolen profits on their audiences while staying one step ahead of the law. less
“Now You See Me is fairly entertaining despite the plot inconsistencies. Competent acting by a well-rounded cast makes it a one time watch.”
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Sleight of the hand movies are a tricky proposition to pull off, you reveal too little and you are cheating the audience, you reveal too much and you are letting in too many potential plot holes. Louis Leterrier lands somewhere in between, showcasing an abundance of razzle-dazzle, serving up Morgan Freeman to explain the tricks and shoehorning a red herring ridden heist caper plot, thus providing you just enough varied distractions to keep you from questioning some of the preposterous onscreen shenanigans.
A group of magicians calling themselves the four horsemen, specialise in pulling off elaborate magic tricks which somehow lead a team of FBI agents led by Mark Ruffalo to believe that they might be linked to a series of complex robberies on the other side of the world. So he recruits Morgan Freeman, an ex-magician who makes a living by debunking and breaking down the magic behind the act. Together they try and stop the group before their next heist but fail and then one by one, the secrets start unravelling and equations previously unknown are revealed.
Like I said before, the tricks contain the requisite razzle-dazzle and outlandish setups but very little in the way of logic and somehow Freeman's explanations though exhaustive didn't quite cut ice. Not to say, that all this isn't enjoyable in a wild thrill ride kind of manner but please, it's too farfetched to be believable in any way possible.
Even the climatic reveal may come out of nowhere but it feels less organic and more put on to be authentic.
The thing that works best for the movie is the cast, nearly everyone fits their character perfectly and its fun seeing them have a good time onscreen, something like a cheaper Ocean's Eleven.
This is a breezy movie filled with enough moments of razzle-dazzle and good acting to make to forget the inconsistencies in the plot. Though I'd recommend a weekend viewing, you could still do a lot better renting 'The Prestige' and 'Ocean's Eleven' separately.