When Now You See Me arrived in theaters, the trailers had a great hook to them to get our attention. Yet, despite that, magicians with a caper plot seemed out of place. After all, how can a bank heist movie compete with destructive supermen, an ironless iron man, and a justified genetically engineered madman? Even a movie that features an incredible cast and is packed with intrigue is going to fall to capes and sci-fi. Oddly enough, Now You See Me stayed in the top 5 at the box office for a couple of weeks. Thankfully, Summit Entertainment has released it in the first week of September to let us all see the film we missed out on.
Four magicians are brought together by a mysterious benefactor. There is a rivalry and a respect among them and suddenly, one year later, together, they are headlining in Las Vegas. Under the moniker of the Four Horsemen, they pull off a spectacular show where one member of the audience picks what bank that the magic team will rob. When the magic trick is over, they flood the arena with the money they have stolen. This crime garners the attention of the FBI and Interpol. Agent Dylan (Mark Ruffalo) and Agent Alma Dray (Melanie Laurent) must figure out if the Four Horsemen have actually committed a crime. If they do catch them, can they actually admit/ prove that their magic was real?
The cast of Four Horsemen is incredibly entertaining. Zombieland co-stars Jesse Eisenberg and Woody Harrelson continue to bounce off one another in such a way that makes you wonder where Zombieland 2 is. Dave Franco (yes, James’ brother) is great as the kid with something to prove. Isla Fisher is not only smoking hot, but plays into the Eisenberg-Harrelson chemistry perfectly. Round them off with Morgan Freeman as an ex-magician who debunks magicians’ secrets for fame and money, and leaving us with Michael Caine as their mysterious benefactor.
Director Louis Leterrier (The Incredible Hulk, Clash of the Titans) captures that perfect atmosphere of a heist movie. The audience is in on the action as they get to know by the agents and the magicians. There are sides to root for and magic tricks to awe at. What was fun about this movie was the general popcorn attitude that many of the summer movies missed. The summer is supposed to be full of good times and fun movies. With all the hype and fanboy hatred, sometimes I think people forget that we finally have a another Superman movie. If you hate it that much, great, that’s your opinion. There are plenty of adventures to be had at home on DVD, Blu-ray, and over 75 years of comics to read. Now You See Me had its fair share of hype, but none of the discussion that fuels websites like this one.
If you like the good heist movie, if you long for the days when movies had stars in them simply to act off one another, you will love Now You See Me. It was refreshing to see a movie that was not already an existing property and damn good, too.
Check out this clip where Dave Franco fights Mark Ruffalo with magic tricks.
DVD and Blu-ray Releases for September 3rd 2013
ACTION / ADVENTURE / KUNG FU/ THRILLERS / WESTERNS
The Fugitive (20th Anniversary Edition) [Blu-ray]
Hard Target [Blu-ray]
Hells Angels on Wheels [Blu-ray]
The Iceman (Blu-Ray)
Mulan: Rise of a Warrior [Blu-ray/DVD Combo]
Now You See Me [Blu-ray]
Sudden Death [Blu-ray]
Elfen Lied: Complete Collection (Blu-ray + OVA)
Elfen Lied: Complete Collection + OVA
From Up on Poppy Hill (Blu-ray / DVD Combo Pack)
Love Doll Complete DVD Collection (Litebox)
Frosty Snowman Blu Ray/DVD Combo
Monsters Vs. Aliens: Mutant Pumpkins From Outer
Rudolph Red Nose Blu Ray/DVD Combo
Tom and Jerry's Halloween Hi-jinks
Ten Commandments: Ultimate Collectors Edition [Blu-ray]
COMEDY AND LOVE Mania Style
Ace Ventura: Pet Detective [Blu-ray]
Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls [Blu-ray]
The Battle of Algiers (Criterion Collection)
Slacker (Criterion Collection)
4 Frightful Films Collection (Re-animator / Hills Have Eyes / Darkness Falls / Sleepwalkers)
Bay of Blood: Kino Classics Remastered Edition [Blu-ray]
Bay of Blood: Kino Classics Remastered Edition
Bela Lugosi's Classic Horror Extravaganza
Blu-Ray Double Feature: Stephen King (Children of the Corn / Sleepwalkers)
Cult Horror Classics Double Feature (Re-Animator / The Hills Have Eyes) [Blu-ray]
Cockneys Vs. Zombies (BluRay/Digital Copy) [Blu-ray]
Cockneys Vs. Zombies (DVD/Digital Copy)
Creepshow 2 [Blu-ray]
Dusk Till Dawn Blu-Ray/DVD Combo
Five Dolls for an August Moon: Kino Classics Remastered Edition [Blu-ray]
Five Dolls for an August Moon: Kino Classics Remastered Edition
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