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 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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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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4 amazing magicians. 3 impossible heists. 1 billion dollars. This is no illusion. See more »


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

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Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jim Carrey, Hugh Grant, Sacha Baron Cohen, and Colin Firth were considered for the lead roles, before it was decided to go for younger leads. See more »

Goofs

After the Horsemen have left the FBI, Fuller says to Dylan "Guess who was sitting there in the back..." During this shot, two men and a woman are visible in the background are about to walk down a flight of stairs. 2 shots later, there is no sign of them. Then they are visible walking on the sidewalk when the camera is on Dylan in the next shot. In this shot, they walk past Dylan. But 2 shots later, they are still yet to walk past Dylan. See more »

Quotes

Conan O'Brien: Remember, if the oxygen mask comes down, put it on the lawyer first. Remember.
Arthur Tressler: Oh, yes. I always do. It's the lawyer first, then myself, and then the children.
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Crazy Credits

About halfway through the closing credits a scene is shown where the four horsemen arrive in the desert at an abandoned, dilapidated amusement park in Las Vegas. Appears in both the Blu-Ray Edition and the iTunes Extended Cut. See more »

Alternate Versions

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

Connections

Referenced in Midnight Screenings: After Earth/Now You See Me (2013) See more »

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Written by Zedd (as Anton Zaslavski)
Performed by Zedd
Courtesy of Interscope Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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All bark no bite.
14 June 2013 | by vicarious_toolSee all my reviews

If you like strong and logical plots, you are likely to dislike this one. It's all about appearances and show in this one, rather than actually being brilliant, the characters and story just ask you take their brilliance for granted.

The story revolves around illusionists (implicitly portrayed as demigods I would say) and how they manage to fool everyone and get a little fooled themselves. Of course, with all this fooling around there are always chances that something might strike the funny bone, that is to say it has its humorous moments now and then but on the whole the illusions and tricks etc. is just more of a dazzle than something logical and realistic. There is not much depth to the characters and a lot of misdirection to make the climax more effective, but the misdirection only adds to the illogical nature of the plot and makes the story hollow.

Having criticized enough the good parts for me were the cocky-as-usual Jesse Eisenberg and some of the funny moments but nothing else. Even the dazzle of the magic tricks was made slow and plain by all the simple filler like dialogues. Final word; skip it unless you don't have a better choice for a movie in mind.


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Release Date:

31 May 2013 (USA) See more »

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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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