Released in 2013, Now You See Me is a fantastic mystery movie that is filled with magic! I have to say that this is a movie where the less you know about it the more fun you are going to have. So, with that in mind, I am not going to be giving away any major spoilers in this review.
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The Movie Review
The movie is about a group of four stage magicians, each at a different level of success. We have Woody Harrelson as Merritt, Jesse Eisenberg as Daniel, Isla Fisher as Henley, and Dave Franco as Jack. These magicians each have their own career until one day they each get a mysterious message where they all meet up and despite their differences, they team up and become the Four Horsemen.
As The Four Horsemen, they put on epic stage shows. The thing is, these stage shows end with a real-life bank heist where they give away millions of dollars of stolen money to the audience. This makes the Four Horsemen very popular with the public, but it puts them on the hit list of FBI agents Dylan Rhodes (Mark Ruffalo) and Melanie Laurent who is an agent for Interpol.
Agent Dylan Rhodes calls in Thaddeus Bradley who is played by Morgan Freeman, he is a man who has “exposed” magicians on TV and he tries to help the feds capture the Four Horsemen. That is all I can reveal about the plot as it is a cat-and-mouse game where the agents track down the magicians, but the magicians always manage to stay one step ahead.
Watching this movie is a great deal of fun. It keeps you on the edge of your seat the whole time you are watching it. The way it does this is by keeping you guessing as to what the hell is going on the whole time. It gives you just enough breadcrumbs to follow along so you do not get lost and this is what keeps you fully invested in the story.
The four members of the Four Horsemen are all great. I liked how each member was a true individual and the tension between Merritt and Daniel was great stuff as each one clearly thought they were the alpha, but truth be told they were as in the dark for the most part as most of us in the audience.
I would have to say that this is one of Mark Ruffalo’s best performances and he has so much depth. The director, Louis Leterrier did a fantastic job when it came to the stage show production aspect of The Four Horsemen, it felt like you were in a Las Vegas magic show. He also nailed the more emotional and personal aspects of the characters too.
I cannot recommend Now You See My highly enough. It is a truly fantastic movie and the kind that once you watch it, you want to watch again right away so you can see how it all unfolds. It was followed by a sequel a couple of years later that is a fun watch too so check that out after you have watched this!