Director: Louis Leterrier
Stars: Jessie Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harelson, Ilsa Fisher, Dave Franko
Summary: “Now You See Me” pits an elite FBI squad in a game of cat and mouse against “The Four Horsemen”, a super-team of the world’s greatest illusionists. “The Four Horsemen” pull off a series of daring heists against corrupt business leaders during their performances, showering the stolen profits on their audiences while staying one step ahead of the law.
Review by MovieBytes
|Overall: 5/10 Overall, this movie is a mildly entertaining ride, with a few flaws, and a few redeeming features. If you like magic, heists, cons, and twist endings, it might be worth a look. But if you’re looking for a quality story, with well developed characters, look somewhere else. I would only recommend this movie if you’re really bored, and can catch a midday movie at a discounted price. Otherwise, you might be disappointed.|
|Writing: 3/10 The Writing for this movie is meant to keep you on edge and be filled with twists and turns, but because the whole movie is about magic, and misdirection, you can easily see the parts that you are intended to be fooled by. The other problem is that some of the “magic” is not ever explained, and doesn’t seem possible without the use of CGI, or “movie magic”. The characters were a little one dimensional too, but the dialogue flowed well. The expected twists at the end were not delivered in a way that made up for their predictability, so overall, the writing needed work.|
|Acting: 6/10 The Acting was pretty good overall, but the main characters didn’t have any depth, so most of the actors were limited in what they could do. Mark Ruffalo deserves recognition, as he clearly stood out among the rest, and separated himself from being just Bruce Banner/Hulk, from the Avengers.|
|Character Development: 2/10
The Character Development was probably the worst part of this movie. The 4 Horsemen, the main protagonists, were totally one dimensional. Each one can be described completely with one word or phrase (Smart alec, control freak, sassy chick, new guy). Mark Ruffalo’s character was ok, but was put into a romantic relationship which was really forced, and felt completely out of place. Bad all around.
|Music: 8/10 The music was really interesting, and entertaining. It was a cool mix of techno, big brass, and modern movie scoring to give a suave feel to the magic team, and a Las Vegas showroom feel to the on screen magic.|
The Cinematography was mostly suitable, and the only problem I had was with a few scenes which used “shaky camera” where there was no action going on so it was out of place. The look of the magic shows and action scenes were really well done, but nothing unique or special worth noting.
|Costuming/Makeup: 5/10 Nothing special worth noting. Modern outfits, and little makeup needed.|
|Visual Effects: 9/10 The Visual Effects were superb in this movie. The large scale magic shows were made more magical by the use of CGI. I thought that the choice of augmenting magic tricks with CGI was a mistake, but the effects used to accomplish it were top notch.|
|Set Design: 5/10 Set Design was adequate to the task. Nothing out of place, but nothing exceptional.|