Title – Now You See Me (2013)
Director – Louis Leterrier (The Incredible Hulk)
Cast – Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher, Dave Franco, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Melanie Laurent
Plot – 4 previously lone magicians, Daniel (Eisenberg) the hipster street performer, Merritt (Harrelson) the mind reader, Henley (Fisher) the escape artist and Jack (Franco) the struggling con artist are bought together by a mysterious person to perform the ultimate magic trick. This trick involves bank robbery’s that quickly escalate into something more which draws the attention of the CIA including agent Rhodes (Ruffalo), wealthy businessman Arthur Tressler (Caine) and magic debunker Thaddeus (Freeman).
“The closer you think you are, the less you’ll actually see.”
Review by Eddie on 2/09/2013
The only real magic trick that Now You See Me pulls off is not on screen but off screen. Launching to what can be described as mediocre reviews and what seemed like not much pre hype Now You See Me became the surprise hit of the summer both box office wise and audience wise. Nearing nearly 300 million dollars at the box office worldwide and holding a very respectable 7.4 rating on IMDB Now You See Me has coned people into thinking it’s a good film or perhaps it just didn’t conjure it’s illusion of greatness onto me and I am very wrong.
There are so many average things about Now You See Me that it’s hard to find a place to start but it may as well be it’s story. The story of Now You See Me wants you to think how cool and hip it is but really all it is is a bunch of ideas that upon reflection make little to absolutely no sense what so ever. One can almost imagine a board room meeting for the movie where executives and screenwriters just threw every idea they had into the film without ever really coming up with a serious or plausible explanation. It’s nice that a movie has big ideas coming at you left right and centre but don’t take us for complete suckers. Another problem that seems like a blaring observation is the wasting of a diverse and charismatic cast in amongst the overly busy story.
Without sounding overly petty the smarts of Eisenberg are wasted, the comedic touch of Harrelson wasted, the likeability of Fisher lost in a sea of lame “magic”, the stoic presence of Freeman wasted on an unlikeable old git, Caine’s old man greatness barely registering as a rich insurance tycoon and Ruffalo’s charm as a seemingly superhero CIA agent who seems to do everything by himself. What should have been cast fireworks is however nothing more than the flames of the movies disappearing money, a fleeting thing and charisma lost in the abundance of story strands. This happens due to the overwrought script as previously mentioned but also the direction of Leterrier must be scrutinised, he seems to think the more he sweeps the camera around the more energetic the film seems, no it’s just annoying!
Now You See Me is a wasted opportunity of a movie. It has a great cast and an unquestionably interesting central conceit which is wasted on a seriously forgettable and now overrated finished film. If people love this version of the movie just imagine how much they would of loved a good version of it! Seriously this is one magic trick that is scarily short of good acts and a reveal that makes you question if what you just watched was worth your time at all. Now there is nothing magic about that is there?
2 Isla Fisher’s in a bubble out of 5