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Now You See Me

I have to admit, I was really looking forward to this. With the trailer showing us glitzy magic tricks, bank robberies, teleportations, card tricks and Range Rovers spontaneously bursting with dollar bills y’all, I was almost scratching at the door to be let in.

The story starts with four magicians just makin’ their way in the world (with Woody Harrelson and Dave Franco conforming to somewhat clichéd characters) when suddenly they are all summoned to an apartment where they receive an anonymous calling in a fabulously over the top ‘message’. Fast forward twelve months later and we are transported to a Las Vegas auditorium where the ‘Four Horseman’ superstars (as they are now branded) pull their greatest stunt so far – stealing 30 million Euros from a Parisian bank. Just how they did it is up to Detective Dylan Rhodes (Mark Ruffalo) and his Interpol sidekick Alma Dray (Melanie Laurent) to find out. What follows is a good old fashioned cat and mouse chase which at times is predictable, but has just enough surprises to keep you guessing right until the end.

There’s plenty to watch and stimulate the senses and director Louis Leterrier moves the film along at a cracking pace. If only the script could conjure up some depth to the characters. As it stands you’d find more depth in a Katie Price novel, and a feeble attempt at a previous relationship between magicians Henley (Isla Fisher) and J.Daniel (Jesse Eisenberg) is simply not enough to make you care about them and not enough goes into just why they go along with risking their lives for an anonymous stranger. But I guess that’s not the point of film. Although it doesn’t quite live up to its hype, and aside from some frankly quite silly moments in the film (you’ll know which ones), just switch off your brain (and I mean right off, not on vibrate or silent), suspend your disbelief and enjoy the ride!

Now You See Me
Cinema-Scoop.com Rating: 
3
Average: 3 (1 vote)
Visitor Rating: 
4
Average: 4 (1 vote)
UK Release Date: 
Wednesday, July 3, 2013
USA Release Date: 
Friday, June 21, 2013