Flash Movie Review: Now You See Me

My first experiences with live magicians it turned out were not really performing magic. In fact, they were not even magicians. I would see them in stores surrounded by throngs of people. Each time I spotted one I would run up and join the crowd, enthralled with the magician’s flair during their presentation. I saw glasses that would never fog up, even if they were held over a steaming pot of water. There was the wonder knife that a magician would thrust up into the air to show its sharp gleaming blade, just before he used it to slice through a metal pipe. At the time I thought these individuals were doing magic; instead, they were product demonstrators. As a young kid I still could be entertained by the different demonstrations. It was the same feeling I had while watching this adventure film about illusionists. Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network, Zombieland), Woody Harrelson (Seven Psychopaths, Rampart), Isla Fisher (Wedding Crashers, Home and Away) and Dave Franco (21 Jump Street, Warm Bodies) played street performers who became The Four Horsemen, a popular magic act that appeared to rob a bank in the middle of their act. Mark Ruffalo (The Avengers, Shutter Island) played FBI agent Dylan Rhodes who was determined to catch the illusionists, but always it seemed was a step behind. Even with the help of Interpol detective Alma Dray, played by Melanie Laurent (Inglourious Basterds, Beginners) and magic debunker author Thaddeus Bradley, played by Morgan Freeman (The Prestige, Children of Men); it still seemed as if they were just pawns in the Four Horsemen’s high stakes game. The movie started out strong and fast; it was easy to keep up. The magic tricks kept getting bigger and more elaborate as they were expertly performed by the four actors. Everything was working to make this film a fun exciting experience to watch.  But halfway through the story it became unfocused and lost steam. The quick editing and shifts in the story became too much to handle. Frantic pacing only deflated the thrills; I started to get bored. Now I may be gullible when it comes to magic, but I know when smoke and mirrors are being used in an attempt to create a passable story.


2 1/2 stars


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From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on June 5, 2013, in Thriller and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 15 Comments.

  1. bummer — that is one intriguing trailer….

  2. We may go see “Purge” instead! Not sure if it will be much better. Did you see “Mud” yet? My favorite movie.

    • Yes, I saw and reviewed Mud a few weeks ago and I loved it. One of Matthew’s best performances and such a good story.

      • Now I see that I read your review several weeks ago:^O. It was one reason I had put it on my must see list! McConaughey was fantastic! The movie flowed like a well-crafted novel. I sure do enjoy your reviews! :^)

  3. Oh really? That’s too bad, I was really looking forward to it. I’m a fan of all these actors and the trailers look really good. We probably will still check it out.

  4. Enjoyed the review as I always do when I stop through. I didn’t have high hopes for this one but I’ll probably go see it anyway just because I could use a little magic. The horror fan in me is leaning more toward The Purge though for this weekend.

  5. The same score I gave it. Such botched potential. This should have been a much better film than it was.

    Nice review!

  6. Yep, that’s just about right. It could have been so much more!!!! I actually liked the trailer better then the movie. I need to see Mud.

  7. My 18-year-old son said basically the same thing – started out great, but then they tried to cram too much into the movie.

  8. bummer – I’ve been so looking forward to it! Will check it out anyway and see what I think!

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