Movie Review: ‘Now You See Me’

Yesterday I went to the movies with my mom to watch the film Now You See Me.

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My mother is obsessed with winning money, so when she saw the trailer for the film she went crazy.

The movie was directed by Louis Leterrier. Now you See Me is considered a caper film, which is a subgenre of crime fiction.

It all begins with four magicians, Daniel Atlas (Jesse Eisenberg), a card magician, Henley Reeves (Isla Fisher), daredevil magician in a tank of piranhas, Jack Wilder (Dave Franco), a metal bender magician, and Merritt McKinney (Woody Harrelson), the mentalist, each performing their tricks solo in a series of  four different scenes.

My favorite was Merritt McKinney’s mentalist hypnotism of a couple. He scams a woman’s husband into paying him off to make her forget that he admitted to fooling around with her sister. Too good!

Each of the four magicians is slipped a tarot card by a mysterious man in a hoodie. On the back of each card is an address to a NYC apartment and a time to be there. At the apartment we learn that Henley used to be Daniel’s assistant.  The only reason she quit was because Daniel kept telling her she was too fat to fit in the box to perform the “girl gets sawed in half” trick.

In the apartment the four search for a light source to find that the light switch activates a hologram. This hologram is a plan for what will become the magic act of “The Four Horsemen.”

The first show is in Las Vegas. For the final trick, the Four Horsemen ask a person in the audience which bank they would like them to rob. After McKinney hypnotizes the person, they sign a playing card. They then place a teleportation device on their head and tell them to step into the machine that will take them to the bank.

After placing the signed playing card in the middle of the money in the safe, all of the money gets sucked through a vent and rains all over the audience in Las Vegas.

The next day, the FBI takes the Four Horesmen and the audience member in for questioning. As usual, Jesse Eisenberg ends up playing the smart guy, telling FBI agent Dylan Rhodes (Mark Ruffalo) a piece of his mind. “The closer you look, the less you’ll see,” he tells Rhodes before undoing his handcuffs and placing them on Rhodes with his mind. The key ends up in the can of diet Coke, which spills all over the table.

The Four Horsemen perform two more shows—one in New Orleans and another in NYC. All the while, Agent Rhodes and Interpol Agent Alma Gray try to find out how to capture these guys and accuse them of robbery. Thaddeus Bradley (Morgan Freeman), an ex-magician who makes money off of exposing magicians, helps the agents try to figure out how they are doing their nifty trick.

Oh, how the tables turn by the end of the film. It’ll leave you laughing and screaming, “I knew it!!”

I really enjoyed the film and so did my mom.

I especially loved the New Orleans show scene, where the Four Horsemen give all the audience members their money back from Arthur Tressler, the Four Horsemen’s sponsor, who embezzled money from the Hurricane Katrina victims through his insurance company. The Four Horsemen bring Tressler’s huge $144 million dollar check out onto the stage along with a large flashlight. As the flashlight shines over the dollar amount on the check, the value goes down and into the audience member’s bank accounts! It was so great. Justice was definitely served!

I also really loved the fact that Jesse Eisenberg’s hair was straightened in this film. It looks amazing that way!

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The soundtrack for this film was definitely well chosen. As the Four Horsemen come out onto the stage for the Las Vegas show, “Codec” by Zedd plays. I am a huge Zedd fan, so that really made me happy.

If you’re contemplating seeing this film, contemplate no longer! Just go see it! It was totally worth it.

Leniency for LiLo

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Honestly, I’ve had it with this girl.

Every time Lindsay Lohan gets into trouble with the law, she always escapes punishment by the skin of her teeth. It just isn’t fair. Listen to me rant about this here.

Clearly Lohan is on a downward spiral. According to Celebuzz, she has spent 86% of her life since her 18th birthday on probation. That’s more than half of her adult life, and she’s only 26! From DUI’s to car crashes, Lindsay Lohan has found herself caught up in various misdemeanors, each time managing to obtain a light court sentence.

Let’s take a trip down memory lane, shall we?

Drinking and Driving Cases:

– In February 2005, a couple (Eddie Pamilton and Ilex Harris) filed a personal injury suit against Lohan for a car accident. She also crashed her car into a van later that year due to high levels of intoxication.

– In July 2007 Lohan was arrested for driving under the influence. She was charged with not one but seven misdemeanor counts from two DUI arrests. She faced a day in prison, rehab and three years of probation.

– Lohan was arrested in September 2012 for a suspected hit and run in while trying to park her Porsche Cayenne near the Dream Hotel. The man who claimed she hit his knee dropped the charges.

– In November 2012 Lohan slammed her Porsche into the back of an 18-wheeler while driving on the Pacific Coast Highway. She was charged for lying to the police about who was behind the wheel during the accident. Adding to this drama, her lawyer, Mark Heller, might lose his license for convincing Gavin Doyle to lie about being the driver during this incident.

Drugs:

– Lohan was also arrested for drug possession the day she was arrested for the DUI in July 2007.

Probation Violations:

– After violating her probation and missing a court hearing in July 2010, Lindsay Lohan was sentenced to 90 days in jail and 90 days in rehab. However, she was released from rehab after 21 days.

– Her probation was revoked in September 2010 after failing a court-ordered drug test. She was issued a bench warrant for arrest.

– After failing to complete community service in 2011, Lohan was sentenced to 30 days in community jail.

Theft:

– Lohan was charged for stealing a necklace from a store in Venice, California back in February 2011. She was sentenced to 120 days in jail.

Assault:

– In November 2012 she was arrested for assault at a Chelsea night-club.

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If the average Joe had committed just one of the above felonies, he’d probably be in jail, with no hope of getting out anytime soon.

But not Lindsay. If Lady Justice is so blind, then why does she keep seeing her as a celebrity who should be given lenient court sentences?

It’s hard to even feel sorry for this girl, because she doesn’t seem to care about the fact that she’s been breaking the law constantly for the past six years. For her recent car crash misdemeanor, she arrived at her court hearing on Monday 45 minutes late because she blew off her flight from New York to Los Angeles to party with her friends.

If I were the judge, I’d send her AND her little party friends into the slammer. Why? Because clearly she doesn’t care about going to court to sort everything out and her friends don’t seem to be a good influence on her either!

To top it off, Lilo decides to go clubbing just hours after her court sentence of 90 days in residential treatment. She escapes jail yet again,  so she goes to celebrate. Aren’t her celebrations the reason for half of her court sentences?

I don’t know if Lindsay will ever learn her lesson, but if the courts keep letting her off the hook with just a little relaxation time in the pool at whatever lavish rehab center, she will continue to find herself face to face with the judge. The court needs to stop being so lenient with Lilo. If the original decision was to send her to jail, then behind bars she should go. No pleas or bargains accepted.

Check out this hilarious article from Starcrush on Lindsay’s Trial in GIF format: http://starcrush.com/lindsay-lohan-trial-gifs/