Now You See Me begins as an interesting yet far fetched crime film with a dabble into the magical whilst still retaining grounds in the real world. This realism quickly disappears when the deception portrayed in the film could be achieved by no more than studio magic. Mark Ruffalo (Avengers Assemble) plays a good main protagonist whilst Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network), Woody Harrelson (Zombieland), Dave Franco (Warm Bodies) & Isla Fisher (The Great Gatsby) provide seemingly clever antagonists whilst working for a mysterious magician who’s pulling all the strings.
The plot becomes ridiculous and seems to hold it’s ground until the very end when the hype and tension is built up so much, the final ‘twist’ and finale seem a little underwhelming. What could have been a great modern day setting of The Prestige turned into something a whole less satisfying. Still entertaining throughout the main course of the film, and Morgan Freeman’s smug character will bring a smile to most people’s faces.
Verdict – 3.5 Stars