BY KILEY BELL
When I first saw a trailer for the magic-filled film Now You See Me, I immediately grabbed the person sitting next to me and said “Oh man, we are SO seeing that movie when it comes out!” In other words, the trailer looked pretty epic (as most things do when Morgan Freeman does the voiceover for it). Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Isla Fisher, Woody Harrelson, Michael Caine, Mélanie Laurent, Dave Franco and Freeman in one film? Yes, that sounded like a pretty fantastic cast (especially remembering the great chemistry Eisenberg and Harrelson had with each other during Zombieland).
Needless to say, I had high expectations for the film. I was hoping it would be reminiscent of Ocean’s Eleven, but with more magic and fewer members. Unfortunately, after seeing the movie, I’m still unsure how I feel about it. I was in no way pleading for the last two hours of my life back, but at the same time, I wasn’t exactly texting everyone in my contact list about the great film I just watched. I think when it came down to it, I was most disappointed by the “twist ending” which was already predicable by the end of the first hour.
The film itself starts out well. It shows each of the magicians (Fisher, Eisenberg, Harrelson and Franco) in their own element and what kind of magic they specify in. Once the four of them are forced to meet up by strange invitations they all received by an unknown person, the movie really takes off. The film gets bonus points for getting into the plot straightaway without too much backstory on each individual. The plot basically goes as follows: the four magicians (or “Four Horseman,” as they call themselves) find a blueprint for three extremely epic magic tricks that basically steal from the rich and give to the poor — a nice little nod to Robin Hood. The magicians attempt to complete each of the three shows, but it’s made all the more difficult by an FBI agent (Ruffalo) and an Interpol agent (Laurent) that try to stop them at every turn. It becomes a game of cat and mouse, with four very smart and cunning mice.
The main problem with the film is that it was too predictable. I think many people will figure out who the surprise mastermind is long before it is supposed to be revealed (in fact, several groans were heard in my theatre when it happened). Everything about the plot, from the mystery of magic to the strange blueprint of a plan, screamed “exciting surprise ending that will astonish you!” But unfortunately for the film, I can think of a few dozen endings that would have surprised me more.
A student of Centennial’s post-graduate Book and Magazine publishing program, Kiley enjoys spending most of her time crying over Tom Hanks romcoms, watching Downton Abbey and hoping that Michael Fassbender and Steve McQueen continue making movies with only each other.