A movie about magicians where everything looks like it was done with CGI is kind of a cheat, isn’t it? Or not. Anyways, check out the second trailer for Louis Letterier’s “Now You See Me”, the magic-caper film of the year. Or, er, the only magic-caper film of the year as far as I can tell. So I guess that should make it a shoo-in for the Magic-Caper Film of the Year Award, right?
I’m still on the fence about the movie. It looks like a good, solid popcorn flick with ambitions (probably foolishly) of being more (the whole “rob from the rich” angle), but it doesn’t jump out at me as a “must-see” movie. Which, I suppose, is pretty par for the course with Leterrier’s films. He’s sort of like the French Paul W.S. Anderson, I guess you could say.
The Four Horsemen, a magic super-group led by the charismatic Atlas, perform a pair of high-tech magic shows, first astonishing audiences by robbing a bank on another continent, and then exposing a white-collar criminal and funneling his millions into the audience members’ bank accounts. FBI Special Agent Dylan is determined to make the magicians pay for their crimes—and to stop them before they pull off what promises to be an even more audacious heist. But he’s forced to partner with Alma, an Interpol detective about whom he is instantly suspicious. Out of desperation he turns to Thaddeus, a famed magic debunker, who claims the bank heist was accomplished using disguises and video trickery. One thing Dylan and Alma agree on is that the Horsemen must have an outside point person, and that finding him (or her) is key to ending the magicians’ crime spree. Could it be Thaddeus? Or Alma? Or could it really be…magic? As pressure mounts and the world awaits the Horsemen’s spectacular final trick, Dylan and Alma race to find an answer. But it soon becomes painfully clear that staying one step ahead of these masters of illusion is beyond the skills of any one man—or woman.
Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Mark Ruffalo, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, Isla Fisher, Dave Franco, and Melanie Laurent.
Appearing in theaters this May 31, 2013.
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