Directed by Louis Leterrier
Running time: 115 minutes
Four magicians, brought together by mysterious circumstances, are investigated by the FBI after performing a magic show together in which they seemingly pull off a bank heist.
I’ll keep this short as, unfortunately, there’s not a lot to say about it. I went in with low expectations and knowing it was going to be a simple movie with a bit of magic that would at least keep me entertained for a couple of hours. I wasn’t exactly expecting The Prestige – one of my all-time favorite films. But Now You See Me is a much further cry from the brilliance of that film than I was hoping.
Everyone does a decent enough job in their roles but the characters are very one-dimensional. I love Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman and always enjoy watching them but they’re wasted in this film. Woody Harrelson is probably the most entertaining of the four magicians but he’s really just doing the sort of role he often does. The actual highlight of the film is probably Mélanie Laurent as an Interpol detective. But that could just be because I have a bit of a girl crush on her… I felt they could have done a lot more with her character, though, as it didn’t feel very well developed. Same goes for Mark Ruffalo’s character. All of the characters in this felt very underdeveloped, actually. Disappointing.
A lightweight “magic movie” that will keep you entertained for a couple of hours but won’t have you leaving the cinema asking any questions. Unlike The Prestige, which I thought about for days afterward. Hell, I still do. I left Now You See Me feeling quite empty, though, like the box after the rabbit has disappeared. (Ha! Was trying to get a “magic” reference in here somewhere. That was pathetic, though. Lol!).
I just expected a BIT more from such an impressive line-up of actors. At the very least, since the story and characters are a bit weak, I expected more really fun and cool MAGIC than we actually get. Mindless fun but a little TOO mindless. And once you’ve seen it, I have a feeling that it’s one where things really don’t add up if you were to watch it a second time. But it’s really not worth the time thinking about too much – this movie isn’t asking you to think about it beyond the final credits. Oh man – I’m being more harsh than I’m meaning to be! It was a fun watch. Nothing less but certainly nothing more. Rent it.
My Rating: 6/10
Here’s a sexy photo of Mélanie Laurent:
You know what would really work for me? Melanie Laurent in her underwear.
P.S. You should read the book The Prestige. It’s amazing.
I think that would work for me as well… 😉
I keep meaning to read The Prestige book – really do love that film! I will someday.
The movie is actually a lot better than Priest’s novel. I remember being frustrated after finishing the book and the movie brought out the story I knew had been buried in the book.
How much better is The Prestige film compared to this 😀
How much better is The Prestige compared to Now You See Me?? Like a million zillion quizillion times better! 🙂
Well if there’s one good reason to see this it’s that picture of Miss Laurent! Potentially going to see this this week. If I do I’ll keep my expectations nice and low. Nice review!
Thanks. 🙂 Definitely let me know what you think if you see it.
And sorry for the late reply as I’ve just seen your comment in my spam folder. Grrr!!!
I totally disagree. I think the movie is the trick and the point is to keep it moving to maintain the magician’s misdirection. Clearly yours is the majority view according to reviews but this has been my favorite movie of the year so far.
Hmm. Well, I’m glad you enjoyed it. 🙂 I didn’t think it was “bad”, it’s just that any “magic” movie is going to pale in comparison to The Prestige for me now…
Will save this for Sky+ I think. Loved The Prestige though.
Yes – you don’t have to rush to see this one. The Prestige really is brilliant! 🙂 This… Not so much….
Hmm, to me 6/10 is quite good. But I’ll go see this anyway because I love Jesse Eisenberg. Smart guys do it for me, I was hooked from the line in the trailer: “Always be the smartest guy in the room.” That’s my guy. Especially if you’re cocky about it.
I think you’ll definitely like this if you like him. I only like smart guys as well. I’ll never understand how all the women I know seem to like dumb guys. No thanks! Give me the smart ones! 🙂
Hi. I don’t know if you’ll be seeing any of my replies thanks to the WordPress problems but I’ve also put a couple comments on your blog. They’re not showing so they may be in your spam folder. Annoying! Hope WordPress sorts that problem soon…
Yeah, they were. I just found them. Very annoying. There’s also “closed discussion” in some of my posts, even though there shouldn’t be.
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