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Tanya Khoury: Heist meets magic
June 14, 2013
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Summer has most definitely hit the movie theatres, posters are filled with fast-paced action flicks and thrillers alike. The likes of Fast Five 6 and Hangover 3 have had the theatres buzzing with children and teenagers just about ready to jump the line to get in there first.

I am all for excitement but I knew better than to be part of that chaos and although I did feel like some mindless fun I was not about to waste two hours watching an overly buff WWF wrestler master his art on screen. Instead, I went in to see Now You See Me; the cast on the poster looked interesting and like I said summer was in.

If you are looking for some laughs, a dose of fantasy and a lot of fast-paced scenes,
Now You See Me fits the bill
This film takes us into the realm of magicians and their tricks with that added swag of the Oceans Eleven crew. The cast is pretty decent too – Woody Harrelson, Mark Ruffalo, Morgan Freeman, Jesse Eisenberg to name a few; even Michael Caine makes an appearance. It is an entertaining ride and exactly what I was expecting, running for just under two hours – I even had some popcorn left. The story is about four magicians coming together and performing what turns out to be a heist. They rob a bank and have the FBI chase them around, along with another team dedicated to debunking ‘magic tricks’. Basically that is how the movie gets on throughout, until the end of course, which I shall not share. Only because if I do you will end up watching Fast and Furious and nobody really wants that now, do they?

If I was to get into the details of the plot there would be a lot to say towards that. There is never really a character build up in the film, as the characters are introduced as what they are meant to be doing and that’s about as much as we get. Everything else revolves around the tricks and the upcoming scenes; it almost feels like a race at some point. So if you are looking to find something meaningful behind each personality introduced you will be greatly disappointed. The story is meant for a summer audience, a fun film that lets you enjoy the flow without getting into the nitty-gritty of the matter. The chemistry between the cast has the correct balance, and naturally there are those cheesy lines and scenes that one cannot seem to escape. I didn’t really mind that too much because they were few and did not feel extremely overpowering. Mark Ruffalo was my favourite, not because the acting was deep or anything like that, but his delivery of the lines was fun to see as well as the fact that he is a definite eye candy. The only character that I felt was overplaying his role (as much as one can overplay a magician) was Eisenberg – he generally doesn’t bug me but he did so in this movie. The whole wise-beyond-his-years look really didn’t cut it for me.

Other than that it was exactly what I wanted to experience in that overly packed cinema. If you are looking for something to see over the weekend that brings in a little bit of laughs, a little bit of cheese and a lot of fast-paced scenes, then this is what you want to see. Director Louis Leterrier and team delivered an entertaining flick that deserves a 6.5/10 (I wasn’t going to rate it any higher than that really, this is a summer film after all and you know how much I love my drama!) .
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