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Now You See Me (2013)

PG-13 | | Crime, Mystery, Thriller | 31 May 2013 (USA)
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An F.B.I. Agent and an Interpol Detective track a team of illusionists who pull off bank heists during their performances, and reward their audiences with the money.

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Louis Leterrier

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Ed Solomon (screenplay), Boaz Yakin (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jesse Eisenberg ... J. Daniel Atlas
Mark Ruffalo ... Dylan Rhodes
Woody Harrelson ... Merritt McKinney
Isla Fisher ... Henley Reeves
Dave Franco ... Jack Wilder
Mélanie Laurent ... Alma Dray
Morgan Freeman ... Thaddeus Bradley
Michael Caine ... Arthur Tressler
Michael Kelly ... Agent Fuller (as Michael J. Kelly)
Common ... Evans
David Warshofsky ... Cowan
José Garcia ... Etienne Forcier
Jessica Lindsey ... Hermia (as Jessica C. Lindsey)
Caitriona Balfe ... Jasmine Tressler
Stephanie Honoré ... Atlas Groupie
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Storyline

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 F.B.I. Agents Dylan Rhodes and Interpol Agent Alma Dray on the case to find out how they did it. However, this mystery proves to be difficult to solve, even with the insights of professional illusion exposer Thaddeus Bradley. What follows is a bizarre investigation where nothing is what it seems to be, 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. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Taglines:

Come in close, because the more you think you see, the easier it'll be to fool you See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language, some action and sexual content | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | France

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

31 May 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Now You See Me See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$75,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$29,350,389, 2 June 2013

Gross USA:

$117,723,989

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$351,723,989
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Runtime:

| (extended edition)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The cast includes three Oscar winners: Morgan Freeman, Sir Michael Caine, and Common; and three Oscar nominees: Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, and Jesse Eisenberg. See more »

Goofs

As the FBI agents re-watch the interrogation tape, there is a time code on the right hand top corner. When Dylan says "That's where he took my phone", the time code on the top right corner reads 13 minutes and 33 seconds. The shot then cuts to Dylan for only a second or two, but in the next shot, the video is still visible in the background, paused at 13 minutes and 39 seconds. See more »

Quotes

Merritt McKinney: Do me a favor. Visualize your most adventurous sexual experience.
Henley Reeves: Stay out of my head, you perv!
Merritt McKinney: Well, no, if I stay out of your head, I'm never gonna get into your pants.
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Crazy Credits

Includes the credit: "Magic Inspired By... David Copperfield" See more »

Alternate Versions

The Blu-ray release includes an "Extended Edition" that adds almost nine-and-a-half minutes of material. See more »

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Followed by Now You See Me 3 See more »

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Ash Wednesday Sunrise
Written by Ben Ellman, Robert Mercurio (as Robert Joseph Mercurio), Stanton Moore (as Stanton Emery Moore), Jeffery H. Raines and Richard Vogel
Performed by Galactic
Courtesy of ANTI-
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trying desperately hard to be more intelligent than it is
6 July 2013 | by HelenMarySee all my reviews

Overall a showman of a film. Flashy, loud with bells and whistles and big personalities, an exciting premise... illusionists rob banks using (supposed) magic but the four horsemen are just puppets in a game, but the hype is more than the substance of the film itself.

You'd expect suspense, twists, intelligent plot misdirection and all sorts of thrilling viewing? No. This film tries to be a lot more intelligent than it actually is. Like Atlas (Eisenberg) says, "Always be the most intelligent person in the room" or something similar, this film thinks it is being intelligent but actually it's not challenging enough. It gives too much away, isn't as unpredictable as it should be (really, you couldn't see that ending coming?) and just isn't as clever as it promises. The tricks I really wanted explaining weren't... the ones that were more obvious, were explained. The ending actually isn't a denouement, as it's been laying clues all along - and anyone who's seen a lot of films can see the "twists" coming a mile away. I focus on the twists and reveal because as a heist movie, the end is the big reveal. But, unlike Oceans Eleven, for example, it has more or less handed it to you on a plate already.

The actors were good. Morgan Freeman and Woody Harrelson stealing the show, of course, with Dave Franco doing a bang up job with some incredible physical acting, stunts and so forth. I'm afraid Jesse Eisenberg didn't convince in his character and was annoying after a while, Franco rather underutilised really. Isla Fisher was good but clearly the "glamour" rather than a serious character, which was a shame as she was good.

This was supposed to be a big blockbuster film, big back drops, epic stunts and huge crowd scenes, but it failed to deliver. As heist/magic genre films go it's not that great, and The Prestige was far more cerebral and gripping. Entertaining to a point but I got a bit bored, and some of the scenes were too long - chases etc. If you are a fan of heist films or magic you'll enjoy it, or are a fan of particular actors, or will just enjoy it for what it is and don't want to be challenged intellectually, it's a great film. I think Hollywood endings are just too commonplace. 6/10 for me.


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