Now You See Me
Now You See Me is a 2013 American heist thriller action film directed by Louis Leterrier and written by Ed Solomon, Boaz Yakin, and Edward Ricourt.
An F.B.I. Agent and an Interpol Detective track a team of illusionists who pull off bank heists during their performances, and reward their audiences with the money.
Why It Rocks
- The idea of the F.B.I. trying to expose four magicians as frauds is some very original writing.
- Each and everyone of the actor’s performances is spectacular, especially from Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher and Dave Franco.
- The chase scenes between the Four Horsemen and the F.B.I are awesome.
- Many unexpected illusions and visuals with the “magic tricks”.
- The music and soundtrack are awesome with Brian Tyler doing an amazing job as a composer.
- The cinematography and camera angles are well-shot, especially during the chase scenes.
- Interesting and likable characters, such as the Four Horsemen, Thaddeus Bradley and FBI Agent Dylan.
- We get a couple of wonderful Morgan Freeman monologues as he tries to expose magic as nothing but smoke and mirrors.
- Many of the well-executed scenes that involve magic will leave your jaws dropping.
- The twist near the end where it’s revealed Dylan is in cahoots with the Horsemen is awesome.
- The sequel, while having a cle of flaws, is still pretty decent.
- The story can be hard to follow and can alienate the audience.
- The scene where Henley Reeves (Isla Fisher’s character) is banging on the glass as she’s chained up in the water with piranhas is actually Isla Fisher genuinely calling for help from the film crew.
- Jesse Eisenberg and Woody Harrelson both starred in and previously worked together on Zombieland.
The film had a successful box office run, placing second behind Fast & Furious 6 and taking $29,350,389 on its opening weekend from 2,925 theaters. By the end of June, it had grossed double its production budget. The film stayed in the top 10 of the North American box office for six weeks after release.