NOW YOU SEE ME
Genre: Heist Thriller
Running Time: 113 mins.
Premise: A group of magicians who call themselves "The Four Horsemen" are targeted by a pair of detectives after using magic to rob banks.
Behind-the-Scenes: Pulled a surprise upset at the box office this weekend by coming in at No. 2, ahead of Will Smith's After Earth.
The Good: The cast is strong and the quality of acting runs deep, from Mark Ruffalo and Jesse Eisenberg at the top to Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman in supporting roles. Director Louis Letterier (The Incredible Hulk) keeps things moving, never dwelling too long on any given scene. There are a number of cool shots, particularly one long swooping single take when The Four Horsemen are first introduced at one of their shows. The story is intriguing enough, and keeps the viewer wondering how the magic works and who is the mystery person behind it all. Most of the action set pieces are exciting - the highlight being a magic-infused fistfight between Ruffalo and Dave Franco (of all people). I didn't see the final twist reveal coming.
The Bad: It's good that the movie is so quickly paced because if you try to make logical sense of anything having to do with the plot, it crumbles under the weight of its own ridiculousness. This is a super silly movie that thinks it's much clever than it actually is. Most of the on screen "magic" comes courtesy of CGI rather than actual in camera visual tricks. Some of the cast, good as they are, are wasted in underwritten roles - particularly Caine and Woody Harrelson.
Should You See It?: Sure, especially if you're a fan of heist movies. As dumb as it is, it's still a fun thriller, with a few tricks up its sleeve.
Rating: *** out of 5 stars.
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