Excerpt: Four magicians from different walks of life with different skill sets--J. Daniel Atlas, Merritt McKinney, Henley Reeves and Jack Wilder--are brought together as the Four Horsemen to stage elaborate magic shows together. For their first big show in Las Vegas, they send an audience member to a bank vault in Paris, stealing all its contents and distributing it to the audience.
Excerpt: The world of magic and magicians got its due from Hollywood in 2013 with three key releases. The first is the sublime Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay , a documentary about the titular up-close magic master. The second is, well, the nowhere-near sublime The Incredible Burt Wonderstone , a mess of a comedy starring Steve Carell ( Crazy, Stupid Love ).
Excerpt: Becoming a sub-genre unto themselves, Now You See Me joins a swell of, “financial bite back” films in the wake of real world economic crisis, speaking to audiences capsized by disproportionate wealth distribution. Here, snappily dressed magicians are lured to draw on Robin Hood principals with their expansive skills of deception. Stage acts close by dousing an audience in large bills, sourced from banks and uber rich citizens.
Conclusion: Now You See Me is crowd-pleaser whose ample appeal and entertainment value are easy to appreciate. The twists, turns, and thrills do not demand an excess of disbelief and the well-executed fun overshadows any minor concerns you may have. While a sequel sounds like a recipe for failure, let's hope it does not sully the name of this agreeable original caper.
Conclusion: For the most part, Now You See Me is a slick, fun new take on the heist genre, with a technically impressive presentation and an all-star cast, but it doesn't really arrive at an ending the film deserves, and when you've engaged your audience in a mystery, delivering a weak payoff may be the worst thing a movie can do. The Blu-ray is well-crafted through and provides some quality extras that will take some of the sting of disappointment away.
Conclusion: Although it's not nearly as much fun the second time around, 'Now You See Me' is still an exciting rollercoaster ride of a movie that provides some top-notch entertainment. Enjoying the movie (especially during that second or third viewing) requires a great deal of suspension of disbelief, but most should find it worth their time and money. Recommended.
Summary: Here's a twist ending that even pretzel maker extraordinaire M. Night Shyamalan probably didn't see coming: Shyamalan's hugely hyped sci-fi epic After Earth opened to withering reviews (well, that part probably could have been predicted), but also encountered such lackluster box office appeal that a relatively little, came out of nowhere film called Now You See Me lived up to its title and claimed the number spot the same week that Shyamalan ill fated opus also opened.
Excerpt: I’ve always been somewhat taken by magic. I’m logical enough to know that it’s not really real, but I have to admit that some of the performers out there do make me second guess that belief. I’ve also enjoyed entertainers like Penn and Teller who can do some amazing things, but then tell you how they do it. And, as expected, it totally ruins that sort of trick from that point forward. The thing is, there’s really no such thing as magic.
Excerpt: The saying “now you see me, now you don’t” is synonymous with trickery and magic so it’s not hard to guess the subject of the new film from The Transporter director Louis Leterrier. Admittedly a film about magicians wouldn’t usually get me into the cinema but after watching the action-packed trailer I decided to give it a chance, and I’m glad I did.
Excerpt: A great mystery weaves through the darkness with a certain momentum. It dodges left, cuts right, moves in all directions and then suddenly circles around and flips on the lights to reveal an intricately designed puzzle that’s not missing a single piece. As the credits role, it makes you believe there’s no other way the film could have accounted for the exact sequence of events, and it makes you want to rewatch to see how well everything holds up with your newfound...