Movie review: Now You See Me (2013)


I first got to know about this movie called ‘Now You See Me’ when I first see its trailer a month earlier. It’s a caper film about magicians trying to perform a show unlike any others; rob a bank…as shown from its trailer which looked quite promising and got my eyes on it. This film which stars Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco, Isla Fisher, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, Mark Ruffalo and Melanie Laurent is released two days ago to a generally mixed reviews, but I’m going to give a slightly better comments to this one. This movie had gone beyond my expectation but still I’m a bit disappointed on certain aspects.

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Robbing the bank is never the main plot of the movie as suggested from its trailer. It has already fooled or tricked us from the very beginning. It formed just a small portion at the beginning of the film. That’s one of the three big shows that the four horsemen are presenting to the audiences after a year getting a weird card from a mysterious benefactor and gets grouped together. First, a show to rob a bank in Paris while they are in Las Vegas. Second, a show to transfer or steal 140 million dollars from their boss, an insurance magnate to audiences. Third (the last), a show to deceive everyone and to reveal surprises! Real surprise. The plot is very engaging and it has some twists that will definitely surprises you. And that twists are really cool! It keeps me guessing. The plans, the tricks, the works by the magicians that leave them not captured all the time are great.

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I have leaked out some details of the storyline already, and so I won’t further expose any more spoilers here. It would be much interesting if you watch it, and listen to every words and concentrate on the development of the story. It would be fun and nice. The scenes, the dialogues, were all with meaningful points, and I learnt several famous quotes from this film; the closer you look, the lesser you will see. Magicians are always a step ahead of us, or maybe more. Another rule; magician has to be the smartest in a room. Several more lovely quotes actually. Interesting. And I find that the story is quite brilliantly delivered in this one eventhough there is a bit too much of unnecessary long and boring talking scenes particularly the ones involving Mark Ruffalo.

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There is also too much concentration on the cop (portrayed by Mark Ruffalo) who is trying to bust the crime by the four horsemen, the magicians. His acting is moderate here. On the other hand, Jesse Eisenberg is spectacular in this one eventhough his role (as Daniel Atlas, the leader of the four horsemen) here didn’t give much opportunity for him to shine unlike in his previous outstanding performance in ‘The Social Network’. There is still some sort of charm he can cast to audiences in this movie especially to girls. But he speaks too fast most of the time. It would be better if he slows down a bit. While the other two heavyweight casts, Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine appeared to have add no dimension to the movie. Both were just like being called to appear on screen and say out a few words, and left with no impact. Some characters are too shallow.

Another disappointing thing I find is that there is not much of magic shown! Most of them are already in the trailer itself. It stays away from that and instead, focusing on going deep to the storyline. That is somehow good and bad at the same time. No more magic, but balanced out with some twists and added depth to the plot. However, some things remain unclear or not clearly and fully answered in the end, and I’m confused. It gets me thinking for a while, but that is good. Sometimes, everything need not to be crystal clear from a movie. It’s a movie playing with the mind of audiences. Magic! This movie is surprisingly entertaining that came with little weaknesses here and there. But I find that it’s still a good and interesting movie. It has a solid concept that worth to be explored in big screen like this one. But the director didn’t manage to pull it off to its best yet. Out of 10 points, I rate ‘Now You See Me’ a total of 7.5.

(All images in this post are from various sources throughout the world wide web)

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