Reel Talk: ‘Now You See Me’

by Justine Love, contributing writer
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Actors Mark Ruffalo, Isla Fisher and Jesse Eisenberg attend a special screening of Summit Entertainment's "Now You See Me" at the ArcLight Theaters Hollywood on May 23, 2013 in Hollywood, California.  (Credit: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

Actors Mark Ruffalo, Isla Fisher and Jesse Eisenberg attend a special screening of Summit Entertainment’s “Now You See Me” at the ArcLight Theaters Hollywood on May 23, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Credit: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

Pick a card. Pick any card. Tell me what card I’m thinking of. We all have heard that line.

If you enjoy magic, if you enjoy illusions, “Now You See Me” is the summer movie for you.

“Now You See Me” is filled with suspense about four magicians tangled in a game of cat-and-mouse with the FBI and one particular agent Dylan Rhodes, who is played by Mark Ruffalo.

The Four Horsemen are the masters of all facets of magical illusions. These masters are played by actors Woody Harrelson as Merritt McKinney (The Mentalist), Jesse Eisenberg as J. Daniel Atlas (slight of hand magician), Isla Fisher as Henley Reeves (master escape artist) and Dave Franco as Jack Wilder (master illusionist), whom are all under the direction of a secret orchestra.

The Four Horsemen perform an amazing trick where millions of dollars are stolen from a bank in Paris while they are performing in Las Vegas. This mind-blowing trick causes the FBI and Interpol to go on a wild goose chase which involves trying to retrieve the monies and capture The Four Horsemen.

Award-winning actor Morgan Freeman plays Thaddeus Bradley, whose profession is to reveal the secrets of magic tricks. He also serves as an expert who helps the FBI and Interpol solve the case — or is he really?

Director Louis Leterrier has crafted a 116-minute, PG-13 rated feature of mind-blowing special effects, tricks, and mastery that will have the viewer feeling as if they are in the Matrix.

Is it a matter of mind over matter or is the magic real? This thought provoking mystery/thriller challenges one’s suspension of disbelief.

“Do you believe it or do you not?”
“Now you see me, now you don’t.”

I give this movie 3.5 heartbeats…

See you at the concession stand!…Or maybe not…


Justine Love is the director of Community and Public Affairs for CBS Washington, including WPGC. Check back for more Reel Talk reviews.
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