“The Closer You Look, The Less You’ll Understand” (Now You See Me)

Now You See Me (Poster)
The poster for Now You See Me, from 2013

Last night, I watched the movie Now You See Me, a tricky thriller about stage magicians that pull off large and extravagant heists. Now You See Me wouldn’t have been my first choice of a movie to see, that would probably have been Thor 2, but I wasn’t going to the movie theater that night, so I watched Now You See Me.

Across the world, four talented yet unrecognized street magicians are called into one spot by mysterious tarot cards. Together, they find a secret, one that has been left uncovered for a long, long, time. One year later, they are the Four Horsemen, a world renowned illusionist group. In Act I of their three act show, they rob a Parisian bank. Or did they? Both the American and French governments get in on the game, and have the Horsemen running from show to show, trying desperately to complete an ancient trick, played out on a global scale.

Now You See Me
The Four Horsemen, all gathered together for the first time

Now You See Me was an interesting movie. It was very tricky, with a pretty big and unexpected plot twist at the end. It had a cool concept, but an execution that left a bit to be desired. The whole movie rotated around both the perspectives of the Horsemen and government, but they switched so much, it was hard to figure out who I wanted to root for. The Horsemen were magicians, and a lot of the magic were easily explained as illusions or tricks, but in other scenes, the Horsemen were throwing fireballs around. I wish that they really explained the concept of the magic that was used. Now You See Me was a flawed movie, but it was better and more thoughtful than your typical eye candy flick. 6 out of 10.

Release Date: May 31st, 2013

Director: Louis Letterier, with Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher, and Dave Franco

Runtime: 115 minutes (1 hour and 55 minutes)

Now You See Me pulled in around $117 million, with a budget of $75 million

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