Jesse Eisenberg pulls off sweet bank capers (with the help of his fellow illusionists played by Isla Fisher, Dave Franco, and a weirdly out of place Woody Harrelson, of course) and confounds the feds played by Mark Ruffalo in Louis Leterrier’s new caper flick “Now You See Me”. The trailer doesn’t look too bad, and even features Jesse Eisenberg sporting a grown up haircut and whatnot, but like most Louis Leterrier movies, it’s probably a good idea to taper expectations. The premise is pretty daft, but I’m sure most kids won’t notice it with things exploding and fancy lasers flashing onscreen and whatnot. Plus, I’m not sure, but is Michael Caine actually the bad guy in this one? I don’t think I’ve seen that one before…
The Four Horsemen, a magic super-group led by the charismatic Atlas (Jesse Eisenberg), 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 (Mark Ruffalo) 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 (Melanie Laurent), an Interpol detective about whom he is instantly suspicious. Out of desperation he turns to Thaddeus (Morgan Freeman), 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.
“Now You See Me” also stars Morgan Freeman and Melanie Laurent, and appears magically on movie screens everywhere June 7, 2013.
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