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Now You See Me (Extended Edition)
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2 years ago By: J.A. Hamilton
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Director:
Louis Leterrier

Actors:
Jesse Eisenberg
Woody Harrelson
Mark Ruffalo

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
FBI and Interpol are brought in to investigate a group of magicians calling themselves the Four Horsemen after their most recent trick results in a bank robbery half way around the world.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Iím a sucker for magic movies. I loved THE PRESTIGE, THE ILLUSIONIST, and of course, Clive Barkerís LORD OF ILLUSIONS, so it comes as no surprise that I loved every second of this movie. Just to get the comparisons out of the way, this flick didnít have the seriousness of THE PRESTIGE, the heart of THE ILLUSIONIST or the occult violence of LORD OF ILLUSIONS, it instead brought a lighter, but still very smart, addition to the mix. I wanted more from the endgame, but Iíll come back to that. That aside, this is one hell of a fun time.

Right off the bat, seeing Woody Harrelson and Jesse Eisenberg re-team for the first time since ZOMBIELAND (God I wish theyíd done a sequel instead of that abysmal web episode bullshit), got me excited. Theyíre witty back and forth banter is just as good here as it was there. The Four Horsemen are an interesting groupówith Isla Fisher and Dave Franco being the least interesting of the four, but thatíll come down to personal preferences. Some complained that the film didnít feel like it was about them, that they werenít present enough throughout. I disagree. They were very much present, and played the role they were given very well. Obviously, I donít want to give anything away, but rest assured that these guys wonít disappoint you.

Mark Ruffalo scored a big break with THE AVENGERS, and because of that, heís got the spotlight on him at the moment. No complaints here. He does a great job as the FBI agent trying to figure out whatís what. Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine are also great additions, with Freeman being the scene stealer on this adventure. The story zigzags between all these characters very well, and you never really know whoís in on what, or whoís doing what, which in itself is a nice trick. Most films like this sell themselves short with too much or too little misdirection, but this one got it just right.

NOW YOU SEE ME is a fun magic/caper piece that reminds me a lot of OCEANíS ELEVENÖwith magic. When the curtain is finally drawn we see a bigger piece of the magic world, which is only hinted at throughout. The lore in this flick is cool, and if I had to complain about something, itís that we donít see enough of it. Thereís a sequel in the works, and that will be the time to show us a real trick or two, as well as dive head first into all that lore and mysticism. Hereís hoping they donít cop out on it, because this flick sets up a solid base to build something truly spectacular on. My fingers are officially crossed.
THE EXTRAS
Commentary: Director Louis Leterrier and Producer Bobby Cohen do their best to comment without giving away too much as they go, but guys, I have to ask, where are the Horsemen? Donít you think it would have been a better time with them on board?

Now You See Me Revealed: The production team explain how they wanted to create the perfect heist flick with magicólike I said, itís OCEANS ELEVEN with magic. Booya.

A Brief History of Magic: Magician Mark Quon, the dude responsible for all the filmís tricks, schools us on magic for a few minutes. Honestly, I could watch hours of this stuff.

Deleted Scenes: Thereís thirty minutes worth, most of which deserves to disappear, but Iíll take as many more scenes with the Horsemen as I can get.

Previews: Thereís a couple trailers for the feature, a handful of other previews as well as a DVD and Ultraviolet Copy of the film. Oh, and this version also features an extended edition as well as the theatrical one.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
The greatest thing about a magic themed movie is trying to figure it out. There are many a subtle hint as the ending comes calling, but chances are you wonít figure it out on your own. Thatís a good thing, and makes this a Ďmust seeí for fans of the genre. This is one instance where Iím demanding a sequel.
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8:16PM on 10/01/2013
I thought it was great, obviously not as great as Prestige, but still a really good magic themed movie. There were things that didn't fully get explained, but still very impressive.
I thought it was great, obviously not as great as Prestige, but still a really good magic themed movie. There were things that didn't fully get explained, but still very impressive.
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4:59PM on 10/01/2013

Loved every minute of it?

You can't be serious.This was one of the dumbest movie I've ever seen. Since when do people like it when movies play them for idiots?
You can't be serious.This was one of the dumbest movie I've ever seen. Since when do people like it when movies play them for idiots?
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8:56PM on 10/01/2013
The twist made absolutely no sense they just shoehorned it in there because they knew everyone would eat it up and say shit like "Wow, that movie was so smart, I never saw the end coming!" There's a reason you didn't see it coming because it made absolutely no sense and there was no motivation for that character to do anything that he did. It was also just terribly made. Every shot was a huge, grand crane shot like they were trying to show off how much money they spent on the sets and Isla
The twist made absolutely no sense they just shoehorned it in there because they knew everyone would eat it up and say shit like "Wow, that movie was so smart, I never saw the end coming!" There's a reason you didn't see it coming because it made absolutely no sense and there was no motivation for that character to do anything that he did. It was also just terribly made. Every shot was a huge, grand crane shot like they were trying to show off how much money they spent on the sets and Isla Fischer and Dave Franco are terrible, terrible actors which only made Jesse Eisenberg and Woody Harrelson's already phoned in performances seem even sadder. I'm not saying it was the worst movie ever but let's just say that I'm pissed that I spent $11 to see it in theaters.
8:17PM on 10/01/2013
There are far worse movies than this, and I didn't feel it played us for idiots, care to elaborate on that?
There are far worse movies than this, and I didn't feel it played us for idiots, care to elaborate on that?
3:12PM on 10/01/2013
Solid flick, but I agree we could have used a bit more magic info. Sequel is great news.
Solid flick, but I agree we could have used a bit more magic info. Sequel is great news.
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