“Now You See Me” a Strange and Fascinating Game
Morgan Freeman is ageless – or so it seems. He’s back yet again and this time he’s the guy ruining the party for four clever magicians. It’s not magic in the “Lord of the Rings” kind of way, but magic in the illusionist kind of way. Four Magicians – Daniel Atlas, Henley Reeves, Merrit McKinney, and Jack Wilder are all street magicians who decided to kick it up a notch and they’re bankrolled by a mysterious benefactor.
Four magicians take on the world. The movie is pretty fast-paced with the first half being dedicated to the art of illusion (“magic”). The four magicians are on stage, performing in front of a live audience. They take a member of the audience, “magically” transport him to a bank in Paris where he then activates an air-duct which vacuums up the money and showers it onto the crowd in Las Vegas.
FBI agent Dylan Rhodes is then called onto the scene to investigate an apparent robbery. He partners with Interpol agent Alma Vargas and they proceed to interrogate the group – code named “The Four Horsemen.” The Horsemen are released when no explanation for the theft can be determined.
Rhrodes then meets an ex-magician played by Morgan Freeman. Freeman’s character, Thaddeus Bradley, makes his money by exposing other magicians – revealing their tricks and how the magicis done. The movie’s plot twists and turns leaving you guessing, just like any good mystery should do.
Towards the end, we find out who the real mastermind is – and it’s someone the audience has been watching throughout the entire movie.
This movie earned itself a paltry 44 percent on Rotten Tomatoes – an average rating of all of the movie critics who’ve watched this flick. For the most part, it’s seen as a dud with a lot of noise, flashy gimmicks, and cheap tricks to ride you through to the end.
Some critics admit that the movie was “fun to watch,” if not engaging. Stephanie Merry, for example, acknowledged that not all of the movie’s narratives come together, but she praised it anyway based on its witty banter and breezy tone.
She’s right. The plot twists don’t always make sense after you figure out who the real villain is, but you’ll probably have fun taking the journey unless you’re a movie critic yourself.
Reviews are mixed. Some movie-goers legitimately liked this one. The reason? It’s full of action. It’s your classic summer movie. Others hated it, citing unexplained and unresolved problems in the movie and a plot hole. Some people didn’t like the fact that it was shot on a celluloid with anamorphic lenses. It gave the movie a retro visual feel. Contrast this with more modern movie tech – digital video – and the CGI looks fake, along with some of the action scenes.
In a movie that’s supposed to be all about misdirection and illusion, however, who can blame the director for shooting it “old school?” If you want to see what all of the fuss is about, you don’t have to wait. “Now You See Me” debuted in theaters May 30th.
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