I think a lot of people say that they love this movie and that it’s a visual feast. I’ve heard about this movie before and I know it has a sequel that was released in 2016, so I watched this film with my sister and mom and this might be an upopular opinion, I enjoyed this film. Sure, it might be predictable and unoriginal, but it still boasts wonderful visuals and it does a decent job in building up suspense.
Now You See Me focues on four magucians from New York, who each receive a tarot card leading them to an apartment, where they discover hologram technology with instructions from an unknown benefactor. A year later, FBI agent Dylan Rhodes and Interpol agent Alma Dray track down the horsemen as they pull off bank heists during their performances and reward their audiences with the money.
Let’s start off with some positives. Louis Leterrir does an okay job i building up suspense throughout the film and leaving you wonder what is going on in the film. The visual effects are astonishing to look at and the way magical tricks are demonstrated in the film is beyond amazing, and the cinematography is very nice. The performances by the cast is good, with Mark Ruffalo, Morgan Freeman and Woody Harrelson giving the best performances.
However, the film does have a lot of issues. The screenplay is very messy and there are a lot of plot points that doesn’t make sense. Most of the characters are very flat and you don’t care about them, especially the main character, Danny, played by Jesse Eisenberg. The movie does drag down during the third act and the plot twist, which I won’t spoil, is fine, although it could have been done better. The problem I have with the twist is that there wasn’t a proper build up to it and it feels very unoriginal.
Overall, Now You See Me is a very fun heist thriller that does offer stunning visuals and in some parts is very intriguing, but it’s dragged down by its flat characterization, bland writing and a weak ending. While you can enjoy this as a thriller, I wouldn’t highly recommend this film to your watchlist.