A flashy heist thriller about a quartet of bank-robbing magicians, Now You See Me boasts surface dazzle and foxy sleight of hand, but when its makers reveal their narrative tricks you may well shrug rather than gasp with awe.
Yet the set-up is enjoyably intriguing, with an anonymous benefactor bringing together small-time magicians Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher, Woody Harrelson and Dave Franco, and turning them into superstar Las Vegas illusionists ‘The Four Horsemen’.
When they climax their first show by robbing a Paris bank without leaving the stage, FBI agent Mark Ruffalo and Interpol’s Mélanie Laurent step in, while wealthy sponsor Michael Caine and celebrity debunker Morgan Freeman look on from the sidelines. What will the Horsemen’s next tricks be and who is pulling their strings?
Director Louis Leterrier keeps us guessing, throwing in feints and dodges and misdirection galore, which is all great fun, but as the chase scenes pile up towards the end, the spell does wear off a little.
Released on DVD and Blu-ray by eOne on Monday 28th October.
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