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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

Writers:

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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They're going to steal a billion dollars right before your eyes. 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

This movie appears to draw heavily from the Bill Bixby television series, The Magician (1973). Many elements derived from its episodes are featured in several scenes, including the prominent use of a merry-go-round at the end, which was a main feature in The Magician: Shattered Image (1974). The same is true of its sequel. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where Thaddeus goes into the Horsemen's room to wish them good luck at the New Orleans show, Jack is seen moving from one side of the couch to the other when Merritt says "Do you mind if I do a quick read on you?" Two shots after this, he is seen moving to the other side of the couch a second time. Extended version. See more »

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Cowan: The level of incompetence displayed on the case, that's a magic trick in and of itself. Abracadabra, I'm takin' over...
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Crazy Credits

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

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

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References Catch Me If You Can (2002) See more »

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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 feat. Trombone Shorty and Corey Henry
Courtesy of ANTI-
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Promising idea sunk in key areas
13 September 2013 | by Wizard-8See all my reviews

"Now You See Me" came out of nowhere and became the sleeper hit of 2013, getting good word of mouth during its theatrical run. Having seen the movie for myself, I am kind of puzzled by its popularity. Certainly, the movie is far from the worst movies I have ever seen - it's colorful, and doesn't have a dead spot despite running almost two hours long.

But there were some things about the movie that annoyed me enough to prevent me from liking it. The biggest problem is with the characters. Except for Freeman's character, there is not one likable character in the movie. The law enforcement agents investigating the magicians are loud and obnoxious, and the four magicians come across as extremely smug. (Also, there is no attempt to give the magicians real and separate personalities - they all act alike.)

The characters were the main reason why I didn't like this movie, but there were other problems as well. One other major annoyance is the depiction of the magic acts. They have been jazzed up with CGI and other special effects so they don't feel like REAL magic acts - they come across as artificial. Also, as the movie progresses, the various feats the magicians pull off slowly become more unbelievable (and not fully explained) that eventually I wanted to cry out loud, "Oh, COME ON!" Less slight of hand and a more realistic approach would have been a much better approach.

(Note to Michael Caine fans: His role is really just an extended cameo appearance.)


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