I watched Now You See Me last night. The story’s about four stage magicians apparently robbing a bank while still on stage. Inevitably, the FBI get after them and there’s lots of chasing around, from pop-up magic event to pop-up event. It’s an entertaining movie if you’re into the problem-solving ‘how did they pull that off?’ aspect of proceedings. If you’re looking for rounded characters and issues of moral conflict, you’ll be a bit disappointed and probably missing the point. The themes of the movie are those of magic itself – 1. spectacle used to misdirect the audience 2. theatrical persona and 3. whether magic really exists or whether it’s just a con.
There’s a star cast involved, including Mark Ruffalo, Isla Fisher, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Woody Harrelson and so on, so many in fact that a good number of them are wasted/redundant. Some people will enjoy the special FX, but others will be irritated by the CGI (cheating really) and the implausability of the explanations around some of the tricks. That being said, there is a genuine/logical twist at the end about who the ‘mastermind’ behind it all actually is. Now You See Me is one of those films that you’ll be glad you’ve seen, because it does offer a fresh take on the usual crime-caper/heist genre. So, it’s a 7.5 out of 10 from me! (Paul Daniels will be spinning in his grave though.)