Quickie: Now You See Me

A group of four magicians known as The Four Horsemen (Isla Fisher, Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco) are enlisted by a mysterious fifth party to undertake a serious of impressive, and illegal, illusions that begin attracting the attention of the authorities, and in particular FBI agent Dylan Rhodes (Mark Ruffalo).

Now You See Me starts off on the right foot. We’re treated to a bit of close-up magic that actually involves the audience, immediately inviting us to buy into what’s on screen. Even up until about half way in, we’re still in a world of mystery and illusion. However, it all suddenly starts to fall away. Gone are any trace of nuance or intricacy and in comes a paint-by-numbers action film complete with car chases, fight scenes and a ridiculously unnecessary romance.

Most of the cast do reasonably well with what they’re given, but none are particularly stand out. Woody Harrelson probably provides the most personality of the four leads, with Dave Franco and Isla Fisher being really rather nondescript. Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman are also fleetingly entertaining but never do more than hover around the periphery.

Jesse Eisenberg’s character comments at one point that with magic “the more you look, the less you see”, and the same could be said of Now You See Me. Look too closely and the whole thing starts to unravel – some rather sizeable plot holes and laughable exposition prevents you from ever fully engaging with the film. However, there is some fun to be had. Christopher Nolan’s The Prestige this most definitely isn’t, but take it at face value and the various twists, turns and red herrings should provide just enough to provide some popcorn entertainment.

3 pigeons3/5 pigeons

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25 thoughts on “Quickie: Now You See Me

  1. filmhipster says:

    Yeah, I think I’ll wait a while to see this. Not ion the top of my list. I do like Jesse Eisenberg though.

  2. theipc says:

    “Look too closely and the whole thing starts to unravel – some rather sizeable plot holes and laughable exposition prevents you from ever fully engaging with the film.”

    See – that’s how I felt with Stoker. If I hadn’t given it too much thought I would have LOVED it.

    : (

  3. Heard very mixed things about this one. Great review as always!

  4. I didn’t watch this at the cinema. I’d like to rent it now. You seem to like it, so that’s good for me!

  5. keith7198 says:

    Good stuff man! I was pretty disappointed in this film. I never believed in the four a real musicians. There was tons of absurdity. And the whole magical mystical thing was just weird. It just didnt work for me.

    • Well your problem might have been that you thought they were musicians 😉

      I can see your point though Keith, it was absurd at times. The parts where Morgan Freeman would just perfectly explain how they did it was one of the most absurd parts for me.

  6. ruth says:

    This one will be on my list of the year… the WORST list that is. I just didn’t care for it Chris, it was fun in parts but it gets more and more tedious & ridiculous as it went on, and the ending is just da bomb (in a bad way). Can’t believe Caine and Freeman signed up for this, I guess it was one of those offer-they-cant-refuse type.

    • Haha, really didn’t like it then, huh? It really did get more and more daft as it went along, I thought it started quite well. And I do agree with the ending. I think they thought it would be some big reveal but my reaction was just like ‘huh ok’.

  7. CMrok93 says:

    Good review. It was okay for a short bit of fun, but I felt like I was more duped, than actually fooled around with. Sort of like the one time I was roofied by a chick at a party. I’ll leave it at that.

  8. mistylayne says:

    I really enjoyed this one for exactly what it was – pure popcorn fluff. It was good silly fun! 🙂

  9. I think I’m gonna catch this on DVD, I heard about the plot holes so I don’t think I’m gonna waste money on the ticket 🙂

  10. table9mutant says:

    Great review. And exactly how I felt about it. As usual. We should go to movies together. (But my hubby would come along too. Lol) 🙂

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