Excerpt: Illusionist Daniel Atlas (Jesse Eisenberg), escape artist Henley Reeves (Isla Fisher), mentalist Merritt McKinney (Woody Harrelson) and street wizard Jack Wilder (Dave Franco) are without a doubt amongst the best in their profession, even though they’re no internationally known stars.
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.
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.
Excerpt: A maxim repeated throughout Now You See Me , Louis Leterrier's latest dusting of cinematic fluff, is that watching a trick too closely is tantamount to allowing yourself to get fooled. As you examine the surface of the act for flaws, the magic is happening elsewhere.
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...
Conclusion: In my guise as a professional musician, I once performed upstage of a magician and therefore had a "backstage" view of the mechanics of his act, and I was both fascinated and kind of crestfallen by the workaday "secrets" this vantage point revealed.
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.
Excerpt: “Magicians who pull off heists” might sound like a particularly desperate movie pitch, but there’s a certain cracked logic to it. Don’t both endeavors—the performance of a trick, the successful execution of a big score—require an element of misdirection?