Film Review: Now You See Me

From the streets to a massive stage, The Four Horsemen become the modern day Robin Hoods by using magic to give away money. Though, they run into trouble and are put into custody, later being released, they manage to perform and be on the run without any harm being done to them. They are the masters of illusions, so it is no wonder that Now You See Me is full of tricks and illusions.

The film has a very twisty-turvy plot line, but that’s what one should expect when a film revolves around a group of magicians. That, and illusions. Everything you see in this film is full of illusions. Once you think you understand what is happening, it comes back around and surprises you. Nothing is what you expect it to be.

The film practically unfolds right before your eyes, but not in the way that you expect it to. Like it is said several times in the film, “the closer you think you are, the less you’ll actually see.” This is exactly what you begin to realize as you watch Now You See Me, that the closer you think you are to figuring out who’s who and what really is happening, the less you actually know.

The acting of Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher, and Dave Franco are spot on and of course we can’t forget Morgan Freeman. His character has many different layers and you are left to wonder what it is that he’s hiding. In the end you find out that he wasn’t even hiding anything, but that someone else was. Someone that no one expected.

Overall the special effects and the acting were wonderful and the plot line really made you think, the cinematography at times could have been better though. For example, some of the action scenes were very shaky and made it hard to see what was happening. I do understand that some people use this technique to make it seem like a more realistic scene (almost like a documentary), but personally I think it would have been best to keep away from shaky shots and stick to crisp, fluid like shots.

All in all the razzle dazzle of this film will sure catch your eye and keep you on your toes as you try to figure out who really is pulling all the strings.

Overall Rating: 4/5

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