Posted by: greercn | July 15, 2013

Now You See Me

Big magic tricks in the Las Vegas style and slick crime capers combine to make this a very entertaining and fast-paced action thriller.

The Four Horsemen are individual street magicians groomed for bigger success by Arthur Tressler, played by Michael Caine.

Trying to debunk and demystify their methods is sceptic Thaddeus Bradley (Morgan Freeman).

Dylan Rhodes (Mark Ruffalo) and Alma Dray (Melanie Laurent) are the two detectives on the trail of the fabulous foursome.

As the magicians, Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson and Dave Franco all have great moments, but it’s Isla Fisher’s performance as Henley that rivet the viewer’s attention. Fisher’s comic timing and big presence guarantee that women will love this movie as much as the young men it’s squarely aimed at.

“Now You See Me” manages the trick of allowing a crisp and clever script to say something meaningful about the legacy of Katrina in New Orleans and the nature of big banking.

The car chases are magnificent and the magic is breathtaking. The less you know going into it, the more you will enjoy it.

It’s an ensemble piece with terrific actors, but for me, it’s Isla Fisher and Mark Ruffalo announcing themselves as A-list stars. Their talent shines, even in a strong cast.

The twists surprised me. That hardly ever happens.

Director Louis Leterrier keeps everything and everyone moving forward very quickly. Time flies when you’re having fun and this is a very enjoyable film to watch.

The Stratford East Picturehouse audience adored it, as did I.

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