Now You See Me (3 stars)

Now You See Me

Louis Leterrier's heist movie with magical trappings will dazzle audiences

There’s an obvious reason why magic tricks are perfect for live television and theatre shows, and not for films; editing and special effects create too much potential for cinematic mischief, stopping audiences from believing in the illusions. Now You See Me, however, is more of a heist movie with magical trappings, and makes up in razzle-dazzle what it lacks in intelligence.

After being introduced exercising their unique powers individually, the action shifts to a year later in Las Vegas, where four entertainers calling themselves The Four Horsemen (Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher and Dave Franco) mesmerize an audience by appearing to liberate money within the vault of a Parisian bank. The next morning, the magicians are questioned by FBI detective Dylan Rhodes (Mark Ruffalo). Rhodes enlists the help of Interpol’s Alma Dray (Mélanie Laurent) and magician Thaddeus Bradley (Morgan Freeman) to take down the Four Horsemen.

Louis Leterrier, previous achievements include The Incredible Hulk and the Clash of The Titans remake. Now You See Me is a considerable improvement on both, but suffers from overblown visuals, an intrusive score and a lack of tight focus. Still, a summer movie not about superheroes is to be welcomed, even if Now You See Me offers the mindless showmanship of a David Copperfield, rather than a real master like Ricky Jay.

General release from Wed 3 Jul.

Now You See Me Official Trailer

Now You See Me

  • 3 stars
  • 2013
  • US
  • 1h 55min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Louis Leterrier
  • Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Michael Caine
  • UK release: 3 July 2013

Louis Leterrier's star-studded thriller follows a group of FBI agents tracking down a team of illusionists who raid banks during their performances.