“Come in close. Closer. Because the closer you think you are, the less you’ll actually see.”
Now You See Me opens on a seemingly ordinary day as four struggling magicians each receive a mysterious tarot card with a cryptic invitation. Fast forward one year and they have burst onto the world’s stage as The Four Horsemen, a powerhouse team of illusionists and magicians who gain notoriety when they steal millions of dollars from a sealed bank vault in France during their live show – in Las Vegas. The group then acts again with the FBI, led by special agent Dylan Rhodes (Mark Ruffalo), in a race against time to stop them.
Directed by Louis Leterrier Now You See Me is a cleverly crafted, visually stunning film. It recaptures the childlike wonder and excitement of magic and combines it with fast paced action sequences and delightfully funny scriptwriting to create a truly entertaining viewing experience.
Jesse Eisenberg leads an all-star cast including Australian Isla Fisher, who plays the Horsemen’s witty leading lady Henley Reeves. A surprisingly charismatic Woody Harrelson stars as the team’s ‘Mentalist’ Merritt McKinney while an energetic Dave Franco shines as sleight of hand performer Jack Wilder.
Ruffalo delivers a strong performance as the fiercely determined Rhodes while veteran actors Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman bring a touch of intrigue to the story. There is an obvious chemistry between the four horsemen and the actors clearly love every magical moment of their often challenging roles. Intelligent script writing has created emotionally rich characters and as the story develops and ulterior motives are revealed the search for the truth becomes increasingly challenging; while a shocking last minute plot twist sends the story spiralling in an unexpected direction.
The bright lights of New York and Las Vegas provide the perfect backdrop for breathtaking displays of magical mastery and illusion which will leave you speechless but magic fans beware; a few trade secrets are inadvertently revealed by Rhodes and Bradley during their investigation.
Whether you’re a fan of magic or just love a well-crafted mystery Now You See Me is a magical adventure which is sure to delight.
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