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Now You See Me 

Snooze your illusion


Illusions fly across the screen expecting applause in Now You See Me, a prestidigitation caper that manages to drain away anything close to movie magic. Four down on their luck magicians (Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher and Dave Franco) are drawn together to perform a series of complicated robberies given the appearance of Vegas stage shows. FBI agent Mark Ruffalo, Interpol's Mélanie Laurent and professional magic debunker Morgan Freeman attempt to stop their sleight of hand shenanigans. Director Louis Leterrier's greatest trick, though, is producing a film lacking any sort of protagonist. Audiences can't get inside the magical quartet's heads, lest they have the next heist ruined, while Freeman proves villainous and Laurent and Ruffalo are kept mysterious enough to doubt their motivations. Now You See Me wants to wow you with an illusion, but it's really just a prank built to annoy.

Now You See Me
Rated PG-13 (MPAA) · 116 min. · 2013
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Director: Louis Leterrier
Writer: Ed Solomon, Boaz Yakin and Edward Ricourt
Producer: Bobby Cohen, Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Stan Wlodkowski and Boaz Yakin
Cast: Mark Ruffalo, Jesse Eisenberg, Morgan Freeman, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher, Mélanie Laurent, Michael Caine, Dave Franco, Common and José Garcia


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