For this month’s next review for Genre Grandeur – Crime Films, here’s a review of Now You See Me (2013) by Kim of Tranquil Dreams
Thanks again to Dan of Slipthrough Movies for choosing this month’s genre.
Next month’s Genre has been chosen by Drew of Drew’s Movie Reviews We will be reviewing our favorite Heist Movies.
Please get me your submissions by the 25th of March by sending them to firstname.lastname@example.org Try to think out of the box! Great choice Drew!
Let’s see what Kim thought of this movie:
Director: Louis Leterrier
Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher, Dave Franco, Melanie Laurent, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine
An FBI 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.-IMDB
I love magic movies and I like a good bit of crime movies. Now You See Me is a fine balance of both worlds. While many of you might be more lukewarm about it, Now You See Me has quite a nice bit of action and a group of very charismatic characters. Why is a fit for Genre Grandeur? Well, you are literally watching the events of a heist happen as FBI and Interpol both try to track and stop them from pulling off their crimes. The mesmerizing part is that Now You See Me delivers quite a lot of fun and everything becomes a big magic show and for a good part of it, I was fooled by what they were going to do next.
Another great thing about Now You See Me is the fantastic cast. I can start with the Four Horsemen played by Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher and Dave Franco. These four have great chemistry and different character and traits that give a sort of balance to each other. At the same time, they are being pursued by the talented Mark Ruffalo and Melanie Laurent who devise as much as they can to figure it all out and still kind of get played along the way for quite a bit. Standing in almost cameo roles are Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine who really just give a backstory to the smart of this group and maybe a diversion.
I’m not saying that Now You Me isn’t a little flawed in their story but its also a game of believing. Now You See Me does work hard to help us connect with the Four Horsemen and also we get an idea of their skills from the get-go. Now You See Me is an entertainment piece. They each have their own tricks up their sleeves and it treats their audience just like one at a magic show as we watch it move towards the finale and you wonder if they are deliberately making us look closer to see less.
Now You See Me is a fun crime movie. Its a magic film and one with a charismatic cast, exactly what a mind-bending magic show needs, especially one that needs to cover up the perfect crime and escape in the process.