The opening line of Louis Leterrier‘s Now You See Me warns "The closer you look, the less you’ll see." But it doesn’t matter how closely or carlessly you look because there’s not much worth seeing in the film. For a movie that centers on magicians, the most spectacular thing about Now You See Me is how spectacularly it wastes both its premise and its cast. Leterrier seems torn between wanting to provide cool magic tricks that could conceivably be performed in real life, and then he swings wildly to effects-laden set pieces. The story also doesn’t seem to have much affinity towards magicians since it portrays them as smug and self-satisfied. But the film’s most egregious trespass is taking an outstanding cast and forgetting to give them characters. The movie should craft an intriguing illusion, but aside from some clever moments and Mark Ruffalo‘s performance, Now You See Me is a cheap trick. READ MORE...


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