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Now You See Me

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Rated: PG-13

1 hr 56 min

Staff Writer: Alison Nitsche


As cool as the magic tricks in the film were, Now You See Me was just an illusion of a great movie. 

The plot was interesting and kept me guessing all the way through.  As hard as I tried, I have to admit that I couldn’t correctly guess the ending.  However, I was in the ballpark with my prediction, and it is never fun to know what is going to happen in a movie.  Predictability aside, the movie focused mostly on action and entertaining the audience with creative magic acts, that it rushed through the resolution. And, as Now You See Me clearly explained, when a magician waives one hand in the air and says the trick is over there, he is drawing attention away from the real magic happening in the other hand; this is the trick the movie plays but with no pay-off at the end.

The other flaw with this movie was the lack of character development.  I wanted to learn more about each magician, as well as the reason why they have become Robin Hood-like illusionists who unselfishly give all the money they steal to audience members at their shows.  And, although you eventually discover this reason, it is glossed over.  I wanted more than just a quick, surface level explanation about the plot that was driving the entire film.

Although they were all flat characters, each actor played his or her part well.  But, Jesse Eisenberg became quite annoying!  His character was written to be an egotistical jerk; however, Eisenberg played this character a little too well.  On the other hand, “Little” Franco, aka Dave, was awesome.  I liked his rebellious yet easy-going character in the movie, and I like him overall as an actor.

I got everything I expected to get out of Now Your See Me, no more or no less.  Just don’t go into it thinking you will witness an epic heist thriller or a hilarious comedy.  If you simply want to relax and be entertained, then you will not be disappointed.


 out of 10

“Look closely, because the closer you think you are, the less you’ll actually see.”


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