With Now You See Me, Louis Leterrier has managed to create a simple, yet magnificent movie which can, and will dazzle your mind.
The movie is an illusion about an illusion. Its ideology is easy - The closer you look, the farther you are from the truth. The title, therefore, is a play of words which I personally adore.
What is so good about this movie is that the truth is right there all along, yet you don’t see it because the closer you see, the farther you get from the truth. To be precise: The movie is layered with illusions, mind bending techniques and magic which melt and blend with each other all for the final piece of the puzzle.
With quirky dialogues such as “First rule of magic: Always be the smartest guy in the room”, the movie is not only able to bring out humour but also, the ass Jesse Eisenberg so lovably plays. He manages to bring back that terrific arrogance which we last saw in The Social Network and prove to us, yet once again, that he has the ego and the attitude which takes to be excellent.
The story, itself is also excellent. It is about four magicians called the four horsemen, which include: Eisenberg’s over-confident, a bit charming and control freak of a street magician. Isla Fisher’s talented escape artist. Woody Harrelson’s witty and amusing hypnotist. And Dave Franco’s quick thinking pick pocket.
All of them, as different as they are from each other, unite together and try to make it big by performing a few magic tricks which together form one big trick, all while being chased by the FBI’s leading man Mark Ruffalo and also, Morgan Freeman (an over-confident magician turned magic buster).
Why, you ask? I think it’s because of the part when they rob people live - openly - on a global scale during their magic shows and aid the poor. That’s why FBI is chasing them. On the other hand, Morgan Freeman is chasing them because these magicians looted a rich man who wants them down and is ready to pay Freeman loads of dough to make sure that what he wants happens!
Anyway, these guys aren’t Robin Hood. They are being instructed by some unknown guy to do all of these charades of theirs, because…well, you’ll have to see the movie to know why, right?
Another thing glamorous about this movie is the way it manages to show extreme character development. The four horsemen, at first were all so different from each other, but, by the end of the movie, their relationship really grows strong. They start thinking of themselves as a group, even though they are all very different. Basically, they get closer to each other as the movie progresses.
The film is so fast-paced that you won’t realise how much time has passed by the time it ends - I think that is because the way the movie has been directed and its screenplay itself are so quirky and so on-the-face, that the movie feels real and henceforth quick.
Moreover, it’s able to cover up much more than it’s supposed to. Mark Ruffalo’s character story and chemistry with newly found partner Melanie Laurent are just bits of this. The side story of the first magician who Morgan Freeman busted is another example. In fact, there’s a lot more! But I can’t let this post be spoiler-full. Now, can I?
If all that isn’t enough, the movie has packed a cast of A-Listers. I have already mentioned these people before, but I feel that if you read their names together, you will realise what all the fuss is about in a much better way. So, here we go! Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Isla Fisher, Dave Franco, Woody Harrelson, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Melanie Laurent…yeah, these guys are big shots. And as you would expect, so are their performances.
If you ask me, the movie was very cleverly constructed. Every small detail was a spoiler for the bizarre ending. Again, kudos to Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo and everyone else for a groundbreaking performance which grips you till the very end.
If you haven’t seen the movie yet, go watch it. You’re missing out, you really are. And oh, here’s a tip - it may or may not spoil the movie for you - Whatever you see, whatever you hear, just pay attention. It’s all out there. You just have to realise it all, because whatever happens, happens for a reason.