Film Review: Now You See Me

Now You See Me
Now You See Me is a very slick film indeed. Yes, I am saved! Like a man whose been stuck in a desert for weeks and finds an oasis to recover. I have revelled in the clever script and my want for entertainment has been quenched!

This is more than a film, it’s a landmark of how to excite your audience. Interweaving magic and trickery, you are left spellbound by the audacity of the four magicians and what they can do.

The impossible seems reachable and there’s some tricks ahoy in this spectacle. Easily recognisable for me was Isla Fisher (Home and Away, Maybe Definitely, Confessions of a Shopoholic), Morgan Freeman (Shawkshank Redemption, Deep Impact), Michael Caine (too many films to list!).

J. Daniel Atlas (Jesse Eisenberg), Henley Reeves (Fisher), Jack Wilder (Dave Franco) and Merritt McKinney (Woody Harrelson) are four magicians, brought together by fate and sponsored by Arthur Tressler (Caine). The biggest trick is sending a man through a transparent box into a bank vault! Then all the money is sucked out into the crowd where they are. How did they steal all this money?

Enter FBI agent Dylan Rhodes (Mark Ruffalo – Avengers Assemble) to find out the truth. It was actually nice to see the FBI played properly – as usually they are portrayed as stupid goons. Rhodes was a worthy cop to their criminal minds. It was breath taking.

Snazzy and clever, full of twists and turns, thrills and spills. This film had it all. Just like a well stocked kitchen, there wasn’t anything missing. Will they get caught? You just never knew as the stakes are raised and things get hotter. Now can they outdo their bank vault trick? Crowds want bigger and better each time. So what will they come up with and can Rhodes stop them?

Rhodes seeks advice from a fellow magician who reveals how tricks are done. Thaddues Bradley (Freeman) is enlisted but will he help them? Or is he the background member helping the other four stay ahead of the police?

Calling themselves the Four Horseman they are a force to be reckoned with!

Definitely 9/10 from me. A great ride. Good CGI use but a cracking script also.

There were minor reasons that bothered me, nothing that will spoil the film. But some of the character names were a let down. Like some of the first names. Henley?! Thaddeus? I was half expecting all the names to be like, ‘Yaminall, Wesslem and Bourasica’. It’s not set in ancient Greece!

And some of the wardrobe choices were bizarre, like they were in Siberia or something. Hello, you chose Los Angeles! Somebody call Gok Wan.

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About Erzi Paris

Erzi Paris lives in London and loves writing, going to the theatre and watching films. Always abreast of celebrity news, his biggest hope is to be a reporter. He likes keep-fit too. His favourite authors are Michael Crichton, JK Rowling, Suzanne Collins and Rosalind Miles.
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