Four gifted street magicians – J. Daniel “Danny” Atlas (Jesse Eisenberg), Merritt McKinney (Woody Harrelson), Henley Reeves (Isla Fisher), and Jack Wilder (Dave Franco) – are brought together by an unknown benefactor and, one year later, are performing in Las Vegas as “The Four Horsemen,” sponsored by insurance magnate Arthur Tressler (Michael Caine). For the finale of their first show, they declare they will rob a bank, and invite audience member Étienne Forcier (José Garcia), an account holder at the Crédit Républicain de Paris, to do it. Forcier is apparently teleported to his bank in France, where he activates an air duct that vacuums up the money and showers it onto the Las Vegas crowd. Upon the discovery that the money really is missing from the bank vault, FBI agent Dylan Rhodes (Mark Ruffalo) is called to investigate the theft and is partnered with Interpol agent Alma Dray (Mélanie Laurent). They arrest the Horsemen, but are forced to release them due to lack of evidence. Dylan and Alma meet with Thaddeus Bradley (Morgan Freeman), a former magician who professionally reveals the secrets behind other magicians’ tricks. Thaddeus was in the audience and deduces the Horsemen stole the money weeks earlier, replacing it with counterfeit money printed on flash paper: while the real money was taken to Vegas for the trick, the counterfeit money was somehow burned. The three go to the group’s next performance in New Orleans, where the Horsemen steal millions from Tressler’s bank account and distribute it to the audience, somehow comprised entirely of victims of Hurricane Katrina whose insurance claims had been denied or reduced by Tressler’s company. Dylan attempts to apprehend the Four Horsemen, but they escape. An infuriated Tressler hires Thaddeus to expose and humiliate the Horsemen in their next performance. Meanwhile, Dray researches the group and suggests to Dylan they may be tied to twice-a-century initiation into a secret society of magicians called “the Eye,” who claim to have access to real magic. One of their members, a man named Lionel Shrike, died decades ago when Thaddeus exposed his tricks and ruined him, and Shrike hastily attempted a stunt to rebuild his career, escaping from a safe dropped into a river, only to die when the stunt went wrong. Dray believes there may be a “Fifth Horseman” who is aiding the group off-stage. Nothing is what it seems with illusions, dark secrets and hidden agendas galore as all involved are reminded of a great truth in this puzzle: the closer you look, the less you see…

“Now You See Me” has a star studded cast and you would hope that the plot line and direction would hold everything together and dazzle us. This movie is however everything in the opposite. The plot is messy (insufficient conclusion, even if it´s been done for a sequel), partly ridiculous and not really that intriguing, some of the actors goes just way over the top (Eisenberg, Harrelson, Fisher and Franco) with their characters and their acting (I couldn’t´stand any of them, nor like any of them) and they all are portrayed as smug/know it all magician a-holes, the movie is everywhere and nowhere just like magic…, the direction is poor in my view and the general feeling is that the production just wanted to do a high speed MTV caper for the bongsmoking kids. The plus side was the participation of Mark Ruffalo and the oh so beautiful and talented Mélanie Laurent. This was just simply not of my liking. (2 and a half out of 5)

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