Review: 7.7 out of 10 stars.
Do not watch the trailer as it’s a major spoiler. Whoever came up with it should have put the spoiler warning in the trailer. The poster itself was an excellent visual “because the closer you think you are, the less you will actually see.”
What can I say, I am a sucker when it comes to Mark Ruffalo. And I love magic, the mystery and secrecy of the unreasonable and illogical illusions as you try to decipher and discover the flaws.
Why are movies about magic always being portrayed as dark and filled with crimes? In real life, magic brings us laughter and enjoyable fun. Look at the Celebrity Apprenctice finale, Penn did a great job to entertain the audience.
Now You See Me has a great plot and storyline with some fairly unexpected turns. The visuals were stunning with some CGI (not the magic part, see the link at the bottom) despite the fact that it’s not 3D. It was colorful and loud. Fast pace scenes with car chases (someone once wrote the recipe of a movie is always car chase or a shopping spree.) The music was haunting and blaring. It’s got an intriguing concept about magicians heists.
Just as we were all hot and heavy with the fast sequence of events (kudos to the editing and visual effects to make the magic tricks look oh so real), the last quarter of the film lost its steam and went for a mudslide. It was a mess and no longer make sense. The ending would have been justified and convincing if the directing and writing of the events leading up to it were logical during the last 20 minutes.
Mark Ruffalo was somewhat convincing, the zuckerberg look alike was alright. Woody Harrelson was probably best in the movie comparing with Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman since he just had his part written better. And the French Interpol was a good vase pretty.
Overall, this was an entertaining Summer flick.
Remember the TV series by the black and white masked magician who revealed the secrets? That was a really good show.
If you are interested in the making of the film:
Keywords: suspense, magic
— Spoiler ahead —
The hoodie man was not enough to create any suspense because there’s just not enough clues to clue Mark Ruffalo in. About three-quarters in, it stopped making sense. The crew’s ultimate desire to be in the clout seemed a bit far fetching. The truck filled with wrinkled up bills pouring out from his truck was too obvious that he was framed, yet he was in jail and presumed to be convicted.
The ending justified Ruffalo’s character to build everything from ground up when he was young, to plan his whole life to get the criminal Michael Caine’s insurance company, the banker, and Freeman who was bitter and determined to expose magic, the very core value that Ruffalo’s father had.