Wednesday, 17 July 2013

269, Now You See Me

I was really looking forward to this one.  A fantastic cast including Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Isla fisher and relative newbie Dave Franco as a combination of illusionists, pick pocket, magician and mentalists and not only that, they've thrown in legends Morgan Freeman & Michael Caine just for show too!

The movie opens with a mysterious hooded figure scouting the 4 magicians in their own environments, leaving each a tarot card with a place, date and time.  On arrival - they all meet up for the first time and enter a deserted room where they set off an illusion that sets the pace and tone for the rest of the movie.

Jump 1 year forward and our 4 heroes, now funded by Multi Millionaire Tressler (Caine) are on the Vegas stage and now known as the 'Four Horseman'.  After a stunning visual masterpiece that see's them empty a bank of 3 Million Euros from the comfort of their own stage the FBI discover that although a seemingly impossibility - the robbery actually took place and they are soon wanted for the robbery, even though no one can explain how!

Enter Morgan Freeman - a onetime magician turned kill-joy who wants to see the Four Horseman exposed to the public and although initially hated by Caine as the man trying to spoil his investment - Caine soon turns to him for help when its his own bank balance that goes astray on trick number 2!

Then there are the FBI agent and Interpol colleague (Mark Ruffalo & Melanie Laurent) who are tasked with tracking down the criminals and the whole time, there is another figure, the one with the hood who's seemingly pulling all the strings but the twist - who is it?

Well, I'm going to keep this movie blog short and sweet as I don't want to give anything away - that would spoil the trick! But rest assured - right up until a second before the big reveal - I had no clue who it was and I haven't been in that position for a while.

This is a fantastically crafted and well thought out movie and luckily for the viewer, every trick is explained (eventually) leaving the audience without the annoying trait of not knowing how things are done - a similar release (albeit on a smaller scale) to the one you get at the end of a Jonathan Creek episode.

Its amazing!  No one dies (barely), there are hardly any curses AND when you get to the final scene, well................That's for you to find out.  Enjoy.