now you see me poster

“What is magic? Focused deception. But deception meant to entertain.”
– Daniel Atlas

SYNOPSIS: Four magicians each answer a mysterious summons to an obscure address with secrets inside. A year later, they are the Four Horsemen, big time stage illusionists who climax their sold out Las Vegas show with a bank apparently robbed for real. This puts agents Dylan Rhodes of the FBI and Alma Dray of Interpol on the case to find out how they did it. However, this mystery proves difficult to solve even with the insights of the professional illusion exposer, Thaddeus Bradley. What follows is a bizarre investigation where nothing is what it seems with illusions, dark secrets and hidden agendas galore as all involved are reminded of a great truth in this puzzle: the closer you look, the less you see. – via IMDB

now you see me

This is pretty much how the movie went…

GRADE 4You know, reviews for this movie were really mixed. I know my other half asked me a few months ago if we had this to watch, and I put on The Prestige instead, because he had never seen it and I personally feel it’s the best movie of the sort. Naturally, he was head over heels for it. So then recently we decided to finally get to this, which came in highly recommended from people around us. I was pretty neutral on seeing it. Let me tell you, that changed soon enough after starting it. What the hell?! I cannot express to you how disappointed I was. What a ridiculously talented cast, wasted. Completely. I felt that Dave Franco was insanely underused, too, not to mention that Michael Caine was such an important character who suddenly disappeared. You would have thought that Woody Harrelson and Jesse Eisenberg coming together again would be a good thing. The holes all over this movie were terrible, it was all just not working for me. The final act is truly what killed this movie for me, in my opinion. The first bit of it is fun, nothing too serious, just alright. Albeit that there is no character development or anything like that and the prerequisite that we don’t ask questions as to how these four magicians suddenly got huge and what they have been doing for the past year. It felt too much like it was trying to be a cross between the Ocean’s movies and something from The Prestige. I love all those movies, I just didn’t like the implementation here too much. I don’t know, there was just too much wrong with this movie for me to like it a lot. I don’t hate it, the first bit was fun, the debunking of the magic, watching the tricks, all that. I liked that aspect of it, because who doesn’t love to wonder a little when all magic is said and done? But then later it just dives. There’s this plot twist that just feels clunky and silly, and illusion gives way to real magic at the end (I don’t know – the cards????). The conclusion of the movie was absolutely freaking ridiculous for me, too. In what world is that how this was going to play out?! Also, something I had a major issue with is the sudden and abrupt cuts between scenes at the best of time, leaving you feeling flustered and confused. I know that my write up is a bit harsher than the score would reflect, but I cannot say that this was good, I cannot say that this was bad. I suppose halfway is about the right place to place this.  Meh, this had the potential to be so much more, but it just fell flat.

22 thoughts on “Rapid Review: Now You See Me (2013)

  1. movierob says:

    great review!

    the premise here is much better than the execution.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Zoë says:

      Absolutely agree with you!

      Liked by 1 person

      1. movierob says:

        That being said, I’m still a bit tempted to want to rewatch it, but I’m not in any rush at all! 😉

        Liked by 1 person

  2. CMrok93 says:

    Nice review Zoe. A good cast, but the story goes into so many crazy places, that I stopped caring after awhile. And of course, they’ve got to be making a sequel!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Zoë says:

      Thanks Dan. This was just wasted, really. Pfffffff, naturally!

      Like

  3. keith7198 says:

    Zoe I thought this was such a dopey movie. So many cornball moments and I never bought into these “magicians” at all.

    Loved the review a lot better than the film! 😉

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Zoë says:

      EXACTLY! They were just… it didn’t work.

      😀 Why thank you ever so kindly!

      Liked by 1 person

  4. Satua says:

    I really liked this film, it was one of the positive surprises of the last year. Sure, there are probably plot holes and so but I genuinely enjoyed it a lot.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Zoë says:

      I am glad that you enjoyed it. I wanted to, it just didn’t work out so well for me!

      Like

  5. alexraphael says:

    I did enjoy it, but I know it had it quite a few faults. Well written piece Zoe.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Sounds like the most average movie ever!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Zoë says:

      It really was just meh.

      Like

  7. theipc says:

    Dear JB,

    I thought this looked terrible and it sounds like I was right.

    #ScrewEisenberg !!!!!

    Love,

    Chop

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Zoë says:

      Dearest PSC,

      You would be completely smart to skip this!

      Love,

      PJB

      Liked by 1 person

  8. Tom says:

    Yes, yes this movie was incredibly frustrating. Hated the twist, hated the ending and hate the idea of a sequel coming. I’m not sure if I’ll be seeing it to be honest; the big reveal really crushed my hopes of this being a fun little joyride.

    Great review all the same though. 😀

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Tom says:

      Damn, i actually was motivated to go back and read what I had said about this film last year. . . you can take a look here if you’d like. Although we say basically the same exact thing! Lol!

      http://digitalshortbread.com/2013/06/02/now-you-see-me/

      Liked by 1 person

    2. Zoë says:

      Totally in agreement with you there! I don’t think I will be watching a sequel!

      Thanks!

      Like

  9. caragale says:

    Haha wow you really didn’t like this one, huh?? I had a decent amount of fun with it just as mindless fluff, but yeah…it coulda been better. And I have serious doubts about that sequel working. Good review, lady!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Zoë says:

      Thanks lady. Nope, I was not a fan at all. I cannot even believe they’re milking a sequel out of this hunk of junk. But whatever!

      Liked by 1 person

  10. table9mutant says:

    Ugh! We feel the same about this. I was SO disappointed. Glad I’m not alone. The Prestige pisses all over this!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Zoë says:

      The Prestige tops all movies in the genre! But this movie… ugh!

      Liked by 1 person

Be bold, share your two cents!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: