STARRING: Mark Ruffalo, Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher, Dave Franco, Morgan Freeman, Melanie Laurent, Michael Caine, Michael Kelly, Common
WRITTEN BY: Ed Solomon and Boaz Yakin
DIRECTED BY: Louis Leterrier
From the Director of Clash Of The Titans is not really a good way to entice people into thinking your movie is intelligent. I really enjoyed the trailers to Now You See Me, and thought it might be a sleeper hit of the summer. Then, some reviews trickled in, and it seemed like a truly divisive movie. Love It Or Hate It. The film now sits at a lowsy 44% on Rotten Tomatoes. Does it really deserve that? Yes and No.
The film introduces you to four solid magician, Daniel Atlas (Jesse Eisenberg), Merritt McKinney (Woody Harrelson), Henley Reeves (Isla Fisher), and Jack Wilder (Dave Franco). You get to see them each do their thing, before they are secretly recruited into SOMETHING by SOMEONE. Mystery! Then, we jump into the future, and these four are now a huge deal, and they’re doing a sold out show in Vegas, thanks to owner Arthur Tressler (Michael Caine). They are going to rob a bank, which they do, and they tip off the police, which gets Dylan Rhodes (Mark Ruffalo) assigned to the case. But they can’t explain how a French bank was robbed from Vegas, so they have to let the magicians go (movie logic). Dylan is partnered with an Interpol agent, Alma Dray (Melanie Laurent), because it was a French bank. The two of them work together to try and figure out how these magicians are pulling off their trick. They get a bit of help from Thaddeus Bradley (Morgan Freeman) who is a former magician who now makes his living debunking other magicians tricks.
There’s some of the plot that I’m leaving out, because overdescribing this movie will allow you to figure it out almost immediately, and I don’t want to ruin it for you. It’s a fun movie, because you don’t know if anyone is going to die/get caught/etc., and Mark Ruffalo and Jesse Eisenberg make it fun with all their sarcastic snarking. But, you’ll see the ending coming a mile away. You know the who, what, where, and why long before the ending. That being said, I was hoping I was wrong, because the ending was terrible. Part of it anyway. There’s a reveal at the end that basically negates half of the movie, and even though I saw it coming, I was really hoping I was wrong. I wasn’t.
If you want to watch a really fun movie that puts a shotgun in its mouth at the end, then check out Now You See Me. If you really want to enjoy the film, leave about 5 minutes before the end, and never ask anyone how it ended. It’ll just piss you off.
FINAL GRADE: B-