NOW YOU SEE ME
Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher, Dave Franco, Michael Caine.
Louis Leterrier (
PAY close attention to one crucial line early on in Now You See Me. Then feel free to direct your attention elsewhere. “The closer you look, the less you see,” reveals Atlas [ Jesse Eisenberg], a professional illusionist who specialises in the fi ne art of mass misdirection.
Sure, this slick’n’slippery heist movie might get more ridiculously illogical with each passing minute. Nevertheless, there can be no denying it is tremendous escapist fun throughout.
A mysterious hoodie- wearing fi gure has assembled an A- team of maverick magicians for a stage show that swiftly takes Las Vegas by storm.
Billed as The Four Horsemen, the quartet are at their best when messing with the minds of audiences nightly. Of a daytime, they’re at each other’s throats.
Atlas is all ego, all the time. He’s an annoying guy who is also easily annoyed, a trait his fellow Horseman exploit at every opportunity.
His former assistant Henley ( Isla Fisher) is now an accomplished escape artist, a hubba- hubba Houdini that brings the guys in.
Merritt ( Woody Harrelson) is an elite mentalist, not so much a mind- reader as a brain- drainer.
Jack ( Dave Franco) used to hustle a living
As directed by Louis Leterrier, Now You See Me is a cinematic confi dence trick executed with much razzle dazzle, and little
regard for reality
’as a pro pickpocket. He’s now the fastest sleight- of- hand man in the business.
The signature trick of The Four Horsemen? Robbing a bank live on stage. In full view of their audience.
Huh? You have to see it to believe it. But remember, don’t look too closely.
Both the FBI and Interpol make that very mistake when The Four Horsemen are held responsible for millions of Euros swiped from a Paris bank vault.
The troupe did not set foot in France to commit the crime. They were doing a show at the exact same time. But they are not ruling out their own possible involvement.
Intrigued as yet? You should be. Better still, Now You See Me is only getting started with HAZY retelling of a true story about a teenage crime gang that briefl y rose to notoriety in Los Angeles a few years back. These high- schoolers with a taste for high fashion broke into the homes of style- savvy celebrities such as Paris Hilton and ransacked their wardrobes. Writer- director Sofi a Coppola ( Lost in Translation) surveys the movements of the group from a safe, non- judgmental distance. There isn’t a lot of substance to the tale the kids simply did what they did because they could but there is a faintly unsettling vibe in the air that remains with the viewer afterwards. Stars Emma Watson, Leslie Mann and Taissa Farmiga.
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the head- scratching, high- stakes crime stuff.
Quite rightly, The Four Horsemen stick to the magicians’ code of practice, and refuse to reveal a single trade secret.
As directed by Louis Leterrier, Now You See Me is a cinematic confi dence trick executed with much razzle dazzle, and little regard for reality.
That the movie gets away with it at all is largely due to a well- cast ensemble ( Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman and Mark Ruffalo are also part of a very busy mix) who are clearly having a grand time having a lend of us all. Allow yourself to be completely duped, and you are certain to be highly entertained.
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A TONALLY erratic and consistently irksome true- crime farce that plays out like a Goodfellas for Dummies. Mark Wahlberg stars as a Miami bodybuilder with a stupendously dumb get- rich- quick scheme doomed to get all involved either jailed or killed. The fact these events ( sort of ) actually occurred buys the movie some time on a curiosity level. However, some chronically misjudged attempts at black humour there are no laughs to be had with all the disfi guring, dismembering and disposal of victims loses all goodwill rather swiftly. A handful of stunning stand- alone scenes hint a better fi lm might have been in the offi ng, but director Michael Bay has other ideas. Co- stars Dwayne Johnson and Rebel Wilson.
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