Sunday, August 18, 2013

Now You See Me

Now You See Me by Louis Leterrier

To celebrate our five-year anniversary, me and my beautiful girlfriend Sarah went out to see Now You See Me by French director Louis Leterrier. Usually, we select movies by means of teaser trailers and interviews, but today, we pretty much decided upon our choice at random. I'm glad that we did!

Solo magicians Daniel Atlas (The Social Network revelation Jesse Eisenberg), Merritt McKinney (the ever-suave Woody Harrelson), Henley Reeves (former Home & Away actress Isla Fisher) and Jack Wilder (James Franco's little brother Dave Franco) are mysteriously brought together to form The Four Horsemen. For the finale of their first Las Vegas performance, the foursome, sponsored by millionnaire Arthur Tressler (Michael Caine), uses an audience member to rob a Parisian bank. The Four Horsemen then become entangled in a high-stake cat-and-mouse chase with FBI agent Dylan Rhodes (Hulk actor Mark Ruffalo), French Interpol agent Alma Dray (Inglorious Basterds actress Mélanie Laurent) and magic debunker Thaddeus Bradley (Morgan Freeman).

I was left with some unanswered questions, though I have learned that this was done intentionally, but I was greatly entertained by the originality of the story, the star-studded and diverse cast (I think I experienced an eargasm when Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman had an argument), and the simple fact that it wasn't until near the end that I figured out the identity of the mysterious Horsemen benefactor. Now You See Me is quite a trip for its 115-minute duration.

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