Friday, June 7 2013, 08:09 PM MDT
Movie Review: Now You See Me
3.5 out of 5 Stars
Director: Louis Leterrier
Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher, Dave Franco
Recommended To: Anyone looking for a fun thriller filled with constant twists and turns and a touch of magic.
Synopsis: When a group of magicians rob a bank as part of their Las Vegas act FBI agent and a newly assigned Interpol detective look to expose the entertainers’ methods and expose them as the criminals they really are.
Review: Now You See Me overruns with talent as its large ensemble cast sees legendary actors like Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine team up with fresh talent like Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher, Dave Franco and Melanie Laurent and established faces in Mark Ruffalo and Woody Harrelson. It’s a cast that’s almost too big for its screenplay but writers Ed Solomon, Boaz Yakin and Edward Ricourt somehow manage to spread the material out without favoring a particular character over the next. Yes, character development suffers, but they’re varied enough to provide a solid backdrop for the spectacle that surrounds them.
Now You See Me isn’t a film that takes itself too seriously. It sets out to simply entertain audiences an elaborate story filled with improbable feats, an abundance of twists and red herrings. It mixes real magic tricks with CGI effects to aid in the various illusions and stunts. It’s entirely impossible and more than a bit over the top. I like it that way.
-Ryan Michael Painter