Now You See Me: Masters of Manipulation
Directed By:Louis Leterrier
Written By: Ed Solomon, Boaz Yakin and Edward Ricourt.
Starring: Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher, Dave Franco Mark Ruffalo, Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine.
Now You See Me, is a crime thriller directed by Louis Leterrier (The Incredible Hulk) about four Illusionists- who are brought together by a mysterious individual and are given a mission; to use their talents to perform the most daring international stunt in history. After pulling off a major Heist, which occurs at their Las Vegas show, FBI agent (Mark Ruffalo) and an agent from Interpol are recruited to capture the magical masterminds before they disappear.
Now You See Me was very smart and extremely clever! – Credit to the writers as it would be very hard to keep on track with the story. Trust me, you won’t see it coming, unless you have watched the cast interviews and figured it out. If you did or do see it coming, well done, you’re smarter than us all and can predict everything.
I did not expect the film to be so entertaining and intelligent, I honestly didn’t think it would be as good as what it was. Fair enough the cast list is excellent, but that does not always guarantee a great film.
But, it did thankfully!
From what starts off as a typical “magic” movie, it quickly takes an interesting and captivating turn, with interesting characters, wonderful stunts from the cast, apparently they actually learned some of the tricks, who knew?!
Even though its special effects and an illusion in itself, some of the stunts did actually have me worrying that something horrible was going to happen, the plot doesn’t even really become clear until the end, so if you’re one of these people who like to know what’s happening from the get go, untie the knot in your pants, stop moaning, just wait and prepare to be amazed.
It was a little cheesy at the end, but that is to be expected and don’t let it put you off! It was an interesting and entertaining watch, suitable to watch with friends and family alike. PLUS if you like twists then you will love this.
Great performances from the entire cast but the ones who stood out and why;
Morgan Freeman made love to our ears once again with his great narrative and tone.
Jesse Eisenberg (normally I’m not his biggest fan but he was great at playing the arrogant magician).
Woody Harrelson was brilliant at playing the mentalist of the group bringing some comedy to the table.
Dave Franco was a little subtler with his role but kicked ass anyway.
Mark Ruffalo who gave a sterling performance. (Seriously, when is there gonna be a reboot with him as the Hulk?!)
After the movie I couldn’t help but think about real magicians and not the typical “abracadabra” ones, but the ones who psychologically fool us and deceive our minds into believing that what they are doing is real.
Seriously though, I wonder just how far some magicians will go with their manipulative tricks?
Who’s to say similar things won’t be attempted – It’s a long shot… but you never know!
What if one day you were walking to the shop to pick up a few things and without even realizing some random dude has clicked his fingers and BOOM you’re standing in the middle of the street naked and frolicking about to “single ladies”with your bar of chocolate! (unless of course you’ve already done that)
Think about it…
Masters of magic or manipulation?
“The closer you look, the less you’ll see”.
Check out the trailer below!
By Rebekah Brown (indulgeonfilm.wordpress.com)