Review: Deception meant to entertain

“Now You See Me” was released on DVD on Tuesday, Sept. 3, and if you haven’t already seen it, race to see it now because everyone should see it at least once, if not several times, like myself.

The story follows four illusionists and cons who are brought together as the Four Horsemen by a unknown source. J. Daniel Atlas (Jesse Eisenberg) is the self-assured and controlling lead act who often distracts the audience while the real tricks are being set up by the other horsemen: Henley Reeves (Isla Fisher), Jack Wilder (Dave Franco), and Merritt McKinney (Woody Harrelson).

A year later, they perform in Las Vegas, then New Orleans, and finally New York, each time stealing large sums of money and releasing it into the audience. Through this, the FBI and Interpol are frantically trying to chase them totally unaware that the Four Horsemen know the FBI’s next move weeks before they do and are really just playing a game with the world.

The film ends in a major plot twist that no one, not even the Horsemen, sees coming.

The visual aspects of the film are incredible and the magic tricks themselves are interesting to watch and try to figure out, although the audience is usually wrong. The dialogue clearly sets the tone of the relationship between the different characters and the groups they belong to. The music is quick and modern and fits each situation perfectly, like the movie itself. And like any movie, the writing was good but had one or two lines that could be improved.

Many of faces of “Now You See Me” are not unknown. Harrelson is his usual hilarious self, while Eisenberg plays the same character that he usually plays as “the smartest guy in the room.” Isla Fisher was someone I was unfamiliar with, and I thought she needed to be a little stronger as the only woman of the Four Horsemen. Franco could have been a little stronger as well, although, it is understandable as he was supposed to be the youngest and least experienced of the four.

This is not a movie you can stay only half awake for because there are so many connections, plot twists, hints, and ironies in the dialogue that if you don’t pay attention you will walk out sheepish and confused, asking, “What just happened?”

This movie is fast-paced, hilarious, and brilliant. Be sure to pay attention because as J. Daniel Atlas states, “No matter what you think you might know, we will always be one step, three steps-seven steps ahead of you, and just when you think you’re catching up, that’s when we’ll be right behind you. And at no time will you be anywhere other than exactly where I want you to be. So come close, get all over me because the closer you think you are, the less you’ll actually see.”

Our Grade: B

“Now You See Me”

Rating: PG-13

Length: 115 minutes

Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Director: Louis Leterrier

Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Morgan Freeman, Mélanie Laurent, Isla Fisher