Review: Now You See Me has got nothing up it’s sleeve. The film is like an unsuccessful magic trick.

The film is about four ambitious and gifted magicians who play modern-day Robin Hood. They are J.Daniel Atlas (Jesse Eisenberg), Merritt McKinney(Woody Harrelson), Henley Reeves(Isla Fisher), Jack Wilder (Dave Franco). All actors are charming in themselves. However Eisenberg spills arrogance on the screen as he shows off his amazing skill at memorizing long monologues. Similarly most other characters are dishing out dialogue after dialogue at the audience which makes the film boring to watch. But Morgan Freeman as Thaddeus Bradley is as usual a pleasure to watch on screen but doesn’t have much to offer in the film. Yet another disappointment coming from director Louis Leterrier after The Clash Of The Titans. What’s similar in the both the films is the lack of depth in the plot and the lack of soul in the story.

The first half of the film is mysterious and mysterious in a bad way; because you can’t seem to understand the purpose of action. The second half does get interesting, but that is only because the audience is too intrigued to know what exactly is happening in the film. At certain points the film does grip you, because who doesn’t love a good magic trick? At certain levels the film seems too good to be true. The end of the film makes it even worse. There’s always something that you take back after watching a film, after watching Now You See Me all the audience can take back is disappointment. The film takes cue from the famous saying, "If you can’t convince them, confuse them."

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1 Comment

  1. Mayank Misra

    June 10, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    Try and have more substance in your reviews rather than throwing around heavy jargon statements like ‘lack of depth’ and ‘lack of soul’.
    Its just better writing, and inspires more confidence in a review.

    Try also to be more objective in stating the sequence of events, without giving them colour, like saying ‘mysterious in a bad way!? because you don’t seem to understand the purpose of the action!?’

    Everything in the review seems to stem from a predisposition of not liking the movie, which is completely alright as your personal takeaway, but be more neutral in presenting it to a wider audience and be more objective! about the sequence, the plot and the action to let your readers make up their minds for themselves.

    I mean, why be so presumptuos about the cognitive abilities of your readers being the same as yours?!

    You are clearly not able to express exactly why you did not like the movie, probably because you did not understand the larger plot and were hence left confused at the end, maybe you should watch it again to understand what the references to ‘The eye’ were all about, to get an idea of the purpose of their acts, that you have oh so callously termed as ‘modern day robin hood’!?

    I just saw the movie yesterday, and it was such a breath of fresh air. Their is not a single dull moment in the film, which is based on something you can actually believe! (magic tricks and illusions and hypnosis) unlike the usual sci-fi aliens/superhero fantasy thrillers that hollywood churns out (After Earth?)

    If you are like movies that leave you with just enough details to keep you talking about it with your friends after watching it and then finally reach the ‘ahaan! moment of comprehension after some time and feel the joy of a truly well thought out plot, do not miss this one,

    There is not a single dull moment in the entire 115 minutes as you are taken from one show to the next, very well interspersed with FBI chase sequences in between (your purpose for the action miss pinto)
    and constantly surprised at the artful misdirection employed by the four horsemen (tacky, but thats what the magicians call themselves :P)

    Hope you like it.

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