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Now You See Me
Category Adventure , Crime/Spy
Year: 2013
Time: 115 minutes
Production: Summit Entertainment
Director: Louis Leterrier
Cast:
Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Isla Fisher, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco
MPAA PG-13 / UK12
Our Rating 1/10 - Not impressed at all. Wasted an opportunity to make a good Heist movie
Watchability 2/10
Tag-line ...Now you don't.
 
Plot:

A mysterious mastermind recruits four magicians to form a new supergroup - The Four Horsemen, who will perform a small number of shows to revolutionise magic and gain a cult following - starting by robbing a bank and sharing the money with the audience. But is there an ulterior motive for all the illusions and magic tricks?

 
So, how does it end?

They trace the cell phone Atlas took to an apartment in New York, and SWAT descends to secure the building.

The Four Horsemen destroy all evidence and get out in time, although Jack Wilder hangs back to clean up.  Agent Fuller and Rhodes enter, find Wilder, and there's a Jason Bourne style improvised fight scene. Fuller's jacket is trapped so he can't help too much, and Rhodes gives chase when Wilder finally leaves the building.

Wilder jumps into a waiting car, while Alma Dray picks up Rhodes. They chase him across Manhatten, weaving in and out of traffic, until Wilder comes unstuck and smashes into the central reservation, flipping the car. Rhodes cannot get him out before the car goes up in flames.

From the evidence that was left, Rhodes can work out that the Horsemen were targeting a safe. He is relieved of leading the case, but stil advises on what they should do. They track down the safe's location but the room is empty. One of the Feds has been hypnotized to move it - and they give chase when a truck outside pulls away. They finally stop the truck - but can only find balloons and magic tricks inside the locked safe.

The remaining Three Horsemen have one last show at an abandoned warehouse, and crowds show up.  After a few visual tricks and slight of hand, the team appear out on another roof top but Rhodes has been waiting for them. He opens fire from a distance, in a crowd, but somehow that's allowed these days and he misses anyway. The Three Horsemen jump off the roof and magically survive. Fake money rains from the sky. Meanwhile the real money from the safe appears in Thaddeus's car, who is soon arrested.

In jail, Thaddeus complains to Rhodes that he was framed and has an idea how they did it and finally pieces it all together -- the safe was in the empty room all along, just hidden behind mirrors, while Wilder is still alive and a clone car was crashed. He also knows now, somehow, that Rhodes was the mastermind.

Rhodes leaves and meets up with the Four Horsemen.

In France, Rhodes meets up with Alma to explain his reasons. His father died in an old Houdini underwater-safe trick, so he went after those responsible -- the safe company, the bank who wouldn't pay out, and Thaddeus for something he did that I missed. Alma forgives him, and that's about it.

 
Comments

With such an unlikeable cast it's difficult to know who you want to root for.  The pay-off at the end doesn't work either - Dylan Rhodes would be a David Blaine showman if it was anything like real life, not just your average run-of-the-mill Fed.  Especially as it seems he likes the attention.  He would also be a little less effective fighting against his 4 Horsemen too.

It's also too easy to cheat with 'magic tricks' on the big screen - it's not impressive when it's all just green screens and CGI.  Why not just go full-out make them fly, without any explanation, like superheroes?  Oh wait, they did that.

And - I think I missed this - but what did Thaddeus do to deserve a life in prison for a crime he didn't commit?

 
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