The plot is full of twists and turns, so this will be as simple as I can make it: Daniel Atlas (Jesse Eisenberg), Henley Reeves (Isla Fisher), Merritt McKinney (Woody Harrelson), and Jack Wilder (Dave Franco) are four magicians, each with their own speciality tricks, that are brought together by a mysterious, unseen figure. One year later, they are the Four Horseman - a magic supergroup, and for the final trick of their debut, they rob a French bank whilst they stay on stage in Las Vegas. The FBI assign Dylan Rhodes (Mark Ruffalo) and Interpol assigns Alma Dray (Melanie Laurent) to try and prove they did it before they commit another robbery. Thrown into the mix is magic debunker Thaddeus Bradley (Morgan Freeman) and millionaire Arthur Tressler (Michael Caine), who backed the Four Horsemen. What are the magicians up to, and how did they do it?
The all-star cast are what make this film stand out, and they provide a lot of laughs. Eisenberg is perfectly suited as the slick Daniel Atlas; Harrelson is hilarious as the dry and sarcastic Merritt McKinney, and when you have him and Eisenberg in the same room, playing off one another, it's pure gold. Ruffalo is sure to prove a favourite as the eternally frustrated agent, Dylan Rhodes, and he has nice chemistry with Laurent, but as I said, their romantic subplot was probably the least interesting aspect of the film, and felt entirely unnecessary. Morgan Freeman takes a deliciously sly turn as the magician debunker Thaddeus Bradley, and keeps the audience guessing.
The use of camera work is especially dazzling in the 'magic show' scenes - Leterrier and his DP's aren't afraid to go all out and revel in the spectacle of the show. You forget about the plot, and focus purely on the tricks. It's fun, pure and simple, and Now You See Me doesn't try to be anything else.
3.5 / 5
Now You See Me hits Australian cinemas August 8.