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Now You See Me (2013)

Now You See Me (2013)

Four magicians each answer a mysterious summons to an obscure address with secrets inside. A year later, they are the Four Horsemen, big time stage illusionists who climax their sold out Las Vegas show with a bank apparently robbed for real. And then, things get interesting!

The action is sparse and spaced, but it's the magic that really takes the momentum. Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher and Dave Franco are the Four Horsemen, and they really put on a show, for the in-movie audience as well as the one outside. In their magician roles they all feel authentic. Great actors. Great distractors. Great magicians.

I've seen so many bad reviews for this movie, yet they don't seem to grasp the story at all. People get lost on details and inconsistencies, when they could be filling out the blanks themselves. A good movie leaves a part to the imagination. And misdirection is a natural element even more so with magic - why would they explain their trade secrets? I feel I learn just enough throughout the movie to go out understanding that I can't hope to understand it all.

But I grasp the basics. The important things. I get why they did what they did, and I get why the FBI agent did what he did. I get their bigger tricks too, I think I have an idea of how self-suggestion and hypnosis works, the magic acts makes sense, and yet the bigger mystery is left for our own minds to unravel. I think it's a brilliant ending with a tingle of mystery, even if all that was important has already been revealed.

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

July, 2022

Now You See Me (2013)

An F.B.I. Agent and an Interpol Detective track a team of illusionists who pull off bank heists during their performances, and reward their audiences with the money.

I love the magic in this. I love the characters. Jessie's kinda annoying, but Harelson's a favorite, and Isla Fisher looks amazing, and Mark Ruffalo (who I usually just remember as 'The Hulk Guy') sure grows on you towards the end. They all play their roles so great. They complement each other perfectly. And the story unfolds, so much more than a magic trick...

It's a sad tale, in a way, though you focus more on the glitter and glam and parlor bombardery.

Feels a bit like I imagine The Prestige would have if it didn't focus on the darkness. Though it's not so much two magicians competing against each other here, as four competing against the world; pushing judgement unto those who deserve it...

Yeah it's different. But similar end. Though the end was just the beginning.

I might see this one again. Though I know the tricks now.

First one's the special one. Best watched once.

 rated 4.5/5: almost awesome


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