Thursday, March 27, 2014

Now You See Me - DVD Review

        Here we have a story of a group of magicians who rob banks while they are on stage during a show.  If that isn’t enough, they’re giving the money to the audience.  In the meantime, an FBI agent and a detective from Interpol are on their trail, trying to prove that they stole the money. 

       I really enjoyed this movie along with the performances from Woody Harrelson, Morgan Freeman, and Mark Ruffalo.  There were a lot of twists and turns in the plot and the ending was a complete surprise to me. 

        The four horseman are the magicians.  J Daniel Atlas, the leader, is a fast talking salesman type character who has a rivalry going with Henley Reeves, his ex-girlfriend who is part of the group. 

         Then there is Woody Harrelson who plays Merritt McKinney, a man who can hypnotize anyone.  Dan Franco plays the thief who will pick your pocket faster than you realize that your wallet has disappeared.  

          Morgan Freeman is Thaddeus Bradley, a man who is determined to debunk the magic and make the four horseman look bad.  Then there is Dylan Rhodes and Alma Dray, played by Mark Ruffalo and Melanie Laurent, who are always at least 10 steps behind the horseman as they commit their robberies. 

          The magic is great as we are lead to believe that someone was teleported to France to steal money from a bank.  Of course, Thaddeus is hired to debunk the trick and show the four horseman as the phonies that they are. 

           The high speed car chase over a bridge with Dylan Rhodes and Jack Wilder is intense and fun to watch.  Of course, seeing Michael Caine being conned out of his money built tension between the characters.  

            I really enjoyed this movie and would give it five stars. 

Ron Hummer

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