Now You See Me

Now You See Me

2013 | Louis Leterrier

An FBI agent and an Interpol detective track a team of illusionists who pull off bank heists during their performances and reward their audiences with the money.

Average rating   7 out of 10

(20.61) Now You See Me 2 | (4.02) The Informer | (3.66) Assault on Wall Street | (2.57) Public Enemies | (2.57) Marauders

Niels Risgaard Hansen     2013-08-22 7 out of 10

...and now you don’t!

Fantastic illusionist/magician/hypnotist movie. This is really good entertainment. The story is rather good and the plot is a bit cryptic as it should be in a movie like this. Only towards the end are you able to fit the pieces together, and these pieces are revealed in a highly impressive manner. In a way it is like watching a magic show, but with a commentary track done partly with the voice of Morgan Freeman. Brilliant!

Jesse Eisenberg does a great job playing David Atlas. He does a truly believable quick witted and fast talking performance.
Woody Harrelson has always been one of my favorite actors and his performance here does not put that to shame. His annoying yet loveable attitude is perfect for playing Merritt McKinney.
David Franco also did a good job playing Jack Wilder, but mostly on the physical side which might have been heavily aided by the special effects team.. His slight of hand tricks and techniques in fighting Dylan Rhodes did a great impression on me.
Who did not leave an impression is Isla Fisher playing Henley Reeves. I this this is mostly due to her character’s role is quite small considering that she is one of the main characters.
Morgan Freeman is brilliant as always.
I am not a big fan of Mike Ruffalo so I might be biased, but in my opinion his performance is just average in this movie.

Spoiler alert!
It is a really great movie, BUT what ruins it for me is the ending. I like that everything has a (more or less) logical explanation and fits together. What I do not like is when it becomes sugar sweet. Avenging his father is an acceptable background for the whole story. This whole story about The Eye is also quite interesting (almost like a  Dan Brown mystery), but it not explained enough to get the audience to find it interesting, and in the end everyone is happy to get accepted, but still no explanation what or why. To me this is an annoyance.
What is even worse is the romance between Alma Dray and Dylan Rhodes. Where does that come from? It makes no sense and bothers me quite a bit.
This is why my rating is not higher.

I saw this in a movie theater and would recommend others to do the same to get the full effect of the grand The Four Horsemen shows.

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