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Now You See Me May 23, 2013

Posted by Alichat in Movies.
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In the end, it’s all about a leap of faith.  Now You See Me poster

I wish I could explain this in more detail, but to do so would reveal way too much about the wonderfully entertaining film, Now You See Me.  And trust me, you don’t want to be spoiled.  I went into the advanced screening last night knowing just this summary: FBI agent Dylan Rhodes (Mark Ruffalo) and Interpol Agent Alma Vargas (Mélanie Laurent) are tasked with determining how a group of illusionists known as the Four Horsemen (Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher, and Dave Franco) are stealing millions of dollars during their shows, and showering it upon their audience.  Somehow Morgan Freeman as investigator Thaddeus Bradley, and Michael Caine as businessman Arthur Tressler are part of the story.  That’s the gist of what I knew.  And frankly, it’s all you need to know.

Now You See Me, directed by Louis Leterrier (The Transporter, Clash of The Titans,) is an old school heist movie in a slick, new wrapper.  It gives you just enough set-up to get the story rolling, and then pulls you in with the roller coaster ride.  The movie isn’t overloaded with magic tricks, but those presented sit at the David Copperfield level of grand spectacle.  Woody Harrelson, as mentalist Merritt Osbourne, supplies a lot of the humor in the film.  Sarcastic and charming, he dances just to the edge of annoying, but not over.  While being interrogated by Agents Rhodes and Vargas, he dives into an impromptu reading of the two, frustrating the FBI agent, yet causing a wide grin to spread across my face.  Eisenberg’s character is a different story.  Intelligent, arrogant, and speaking with lightning fast delivery, his character was a little to reminiscent of his Mark Zuckerberg portrayal.  This is especially apparent during the interrogation scene with Rhodes and Vargas, which seemed to be a reboot of the ‘You have the minimum amount of my attention‘ scene from The Social Network.  Perhaps it was just me, but the similarity pulled me out of the scene.  Morgan Freeman is, as always, superb.  And the scenes between him and Michael Caine are a thrill to watch.

But as I said earlier, it’s about a leap of faith.  Just as the Four Horsemen ask their audience, and Vargas implores Rhodes, you take a leap of faith with this film.  You can’t analyze the film as you are watching it. (a hard task for me, thank you! Although I hit overdrive on a specific Ruffalo scene after the movie ended.)  Not only would it ruin your enjoyment of the film, but also you really can’t do it.  Leterrier keeps the pace brisk, and there are layers upon layers of sleight of hand moments within sleight of hand moments.  Once you get to the final reveal, you can’t react with a gasp because you’re too busy asking if it was real.  All in all, I enjoyed my leap of faith.  It was cleverly done.

 

 

 

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