I could not find a thread for this so if one exists apologies in advance:
Now You See Me
This was an unexpected gift.
A combo heist/revenge/magic illusion movie with a great cast: Mark Ruffalo, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, and Isla Fisher.
My wife and I saw this free as part of one of the Cineplex Scene promotions and turned out to be an excellent surprise. We both love magic and the premise of the movie is based on it. Of course with the cinematic trickery available today the line between it and sleight of hand is even more blurred. So a bit of buy in is needed to accept that certain tricks would not be possible in a live show. With that in mind this is a fun story that explores the concept that real magic does exist. Something that most of the characters in the film are searching for, especially the magicians. Which is great since they know the tricks behind the supposed magic they are practitioners of.
This is a fun romp with the actors obviously having a lot of fun with their roles and each other. The story is well written with many twists and turns and moments of triumph, comeuppance, and for certain characters - unexpected payoffs.
The pleasant surprise of the movie was Mark Ruffalo, an actor that's been around for awhile and made a big splash as Bruce Banner/Hulk in Avengers. In Avengers, Ruffalo demonstrated his ability to create an empathetic character with limited screen time. He pulls off that same trick in this flick but with a much more complicated arc; starting with a character that cliche strictures dictate will be the antagonist. His character of FBI agent Dylan Rhodes is the cop in pursuit of the Four Horseman - the illusionists who are using their shows to pull off big scale heists.
The first heist, in which a man is seemingly transported from the US to the inside of a Paris bank vault from where the money makes the reverse journey to be dispersed to the crowd is the coolest one. Especially when Magician Buster Morgan Freeman shows Rhodes how it was done.
A movie we probably never would have seen if not for the promo that allowed us to see it for free. A very pleasant surprise.
Edited by Lou Sytsma, June 14 2013 - 01:50 PM.