Film Review: Now You See Me
Directed by Louis Leterrier, “Now You See Me” is a visually dazzling, absorbing, fun and exciting film that’s sure to entertain. “See” follows the intense police pursuit of three on-the-rise magicians and one fallen star who get summoned by an anonymous figure with an ulterior motive to pull off a series of stunts and heists. Sure, that plot may sound cheesy at face value, but the way the story is executed gives you “X-Men” meets “Takers,” with all the “can’t keep your eyes off” action and “let me figure this out” mystery. The film’s strongest facet is that, with the exception of a few spots, it is truly unpredictable and each feat is done plausibly, rarely defying logic. Most motion pictures have some, if not multiple clichés and a plot that foreshadows itself, but with “See,” it’s hard to guess where it’s going, which makes it thrilling and kind of unique. Adding onto the film’s inventiveness is how everything is completely centered on purpose of the caper, not a romance between characters or their jaded backgrounds. Receiving tepid reviews, most critics complained that the cast’s talents were wasted and there wasn’t much character development, but it just wasn’t necessary to get the point across. The writing gives you just enough to find the characters likable and see their dynamic; going any further would’ve distracted from the intoxicating narrative. To feed my contention, I don’t think it’s a coincidence that most of the main characters aren’t “big names,” which I love. I only agree with the critics to the degree that I would’ve liked to know why the characters would easily follow the directions of a literal stranger and what they received as a result of their extensive efforts, but I'm hoping those details were left out because there are plans for a sequel. Other than that, I left the theater thinking the film was baller, I wish I knew magic and that the “Four Horsemen” (the magician’s moniker) really existed. I thoroughly enjoyed “Now You See Me;” it was definitely magical. Can’t wait to own it on DVD.
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