Now You See Me: Final Preview

Posted by Grey Saturday, June 1, 2013

It's Ocean's Eleven with Magicians in Louis Leterrier's Now You See Me. The Daily Zombies takes a final look at the caper film with a stellar ensemble cast featuring Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Mark Ruffalo,Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, Isla Fisher, Dave Franco and Melanie Laurent. 

While it is not exactly the "Hollywood Curse" that some journalists claimed to be, it is pretty much an established fact that films touching on the particular profession of Magician aren't likely to do well. This is attributed to a series of films from the recent star-studded comedy, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, to Christopher Nolan's The Prestige. In the case of The Prestige, despite overwhelmingly positive reviews for Nolan's astounding direction combined with one of the most innovative narratives that we have witnessed in cinematic history (thanks to both Jonathan and Christopher Nolan' adapted screenplay over Christopher Priest's novel of the same name) as well as the stellar cast featuring Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Scarlett Johansson, Rebecca Hall, Andy Serkis,  Piper Perabo, and even David Bowie himself, the film was met with a modest box office response. So just how exactly can Louis Leterrier's Now You See Me attract the increasingly restless and unpredictable cinema audience? How about a fusion? An inclusion of heist film element seems to work out exceedingly well for The Fast and The Furious franchise after all.

In Now You See Me, a collective group of four magicians (played by Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher, and Dave Franco) known as The Four Horsemen pull off a series of incredible magic tricks which include robbing a bank and stealing from an immoral corporate giant's vast bank account to give away the money to those who needed them. The Incredible Mark Ruffalo (he's hulking out in this one) and Melanie Laurent (for the uninitiated, the Shosanna Dreyfus in Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds) are cops on the chase to stop the next crime of the magicians while Alfred and Lucius Fox, I mean Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman are respective the sponsor behind the group and a former magician that now debunks other magicians' tricks for a living.

Intrigued already? Check out the first four minutes of the film setting up the plot of the film and decide.

The first trailer of the film.

The second and more comprehensive trailer.

The first teaser poster of the film.

The official poster of the film generating the vibe of a heist film, a'la Ocean's Eleven.

The international posters.

And here's a series of appropriately dizzy motion posters featuring all the main players.

Here are some of the official set images of the film.

Here’s the full synopsis for the film:

The Four Horsemen, a magic super-group led by the charismatic ATLAS (Jesse Eisenberg), perform a pair of high-tech magic shows, first astonishing audiences by robbing a bank on another continent, and then exposing a white-collar criminal and funneling his millions into the audience members’ bank accounts.

FBI Special Agent DYLAN (Mark Ruffalo) is determined to make the magicians pay for their crimes—and to stop them before they pull off what promises to be an even more audacious heist. But he’s forced to partner with ALMA (Melanie Laurent), an Interpol detective about whom he is instantly suspicious. Out of desperation he turns to THADDEUS (Morgan Freeman), a famed magic debunker, who claims the bank heist was accomplished using disguises and video trickery. One thing Dylan and Alma agree on is that the Horsemen must have an outside point person, and that finding him (or her) is key to ending the magicians’ crime spree. Could it be Thaddeus? Or Alma? Or could it really be…magic?

As pressure mounts and the world awaits the Horsemen’s spectacular final trick, Dylan and Alma race to find an answer. But it soon becomes painfully clear that staying one step ahead of these masters of illusion is beyond the skills of any one man—or woman.

And here's a more summarized version of the synopsis for those who needed a snap description:

NOW YOU SEE ME pits an elite FBI squad in a game of cat and mouse against “The Four Horsemen”, a super-team of the world’s greatest illusionists.  “The Four Horsemen” pull off a series of daring heists against corrupt business leaders during their performances, showering the stolen profits on their audiences while staying one step ahead of the law.

Now You See Me is now in fine theaters everywhere.


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