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