Now You See Me features a lot of movie magic that has several stars in it such as Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco, Isla Fisher, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, and Mark Ruffalo. It is directed by Louis Leterrrier and written by Ed Solomon, Edward Ricourt, and Boaz Yakin.
The movie is about the Four Horseman composed of Eisenberg, Franco, Harrelson, and Fisher. They are magicians who go on state in Las Vegas and rob a bank in France and then let the money drop on their audience.
A movie about is makes everything possible via special effects and editing. Eisenberg’s character is a sleight of hand magician. He tells audiences that magic as all about misdirection and being a couple of steps ahead of the viewers.
But this is not the case in Now You Seen Me. The movie is at least two steps behind. The twist is so predictable that you can see it coming before it is revealed. It gets from bad to worse are the movie progresses.
The actors could not be blamed for this debacle. They work very hard for Now You See Me. Ruffalo is an FBI agent who is nearing a meltdown due to his failure to catch the bad guys. Caine, Harrelson and Freeman can deliver great performances even with such banal story.
But as Now You See Me ends, it feels like I was the one duped by the tricksters. I felt too much for my movie ticket. Because of the constant trickery, the viewers will be on the lookout for surprises. This removes the fun out of the movie. It starts off engagingly good and full of surprises but it falls flat in the end. It intends to keep the audience guessing but with all the trickery and misdirection, they twists becomes less engaging.