Now You See Me Essay

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Magic is that unbelievably mysterious part of life that everyone wants to know about. Whether you are a skeptic or a believer magic will always leave you bewildered and wanting more. With so much hype around magic it is no secret that expectations for a film centered on the illusions of wonder would be so high. However, this hype did not scare Ed Solomon, Boaz Yakin, and Edward Ricourt from getting together and bringing the magic to the big screen. Summit, the same production company that brought us the Twilight saga, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, and American Pie, gladly added this project as a notch in their belt.
An FBI agent and an Interpol detective must partner together to track a team of illusionists, publicly known as The Four Horsemen, who pull off heists during performances and reward their audiences with the money. J. Daniel Atlas (Jesse Eisenberg), Jack Wilder (Dave Franco), Henley Reeves (Isla Fisher), and Merritt McKinney (Woody Harrelson) make up the fiery quartet. The story follows the four of them as they go from solo acts to partners in crime. Each person receives a tarot card with directions on the back to an inner city apartment in New York. Later in the film it is revealed that this unknown source, from which they are getting all the instructions, is a secret organization called The Eye. After they receive these special blueprints the movie skips to a year later where you can see that success has become a big part of their lives. The performance that starts it all is the one where they rob a bank in France without leaving the stage in Las Vegas. This is when the FBI agent Dylan Rhodes (Mark Ruffalo) comes in. Rhodes is the typical overworked character who has seen his fair share of tragedies and the last thing he wants to deal with is a bunch of thieves who claim magic helped them rob the bank from thousands of miles away. With the FBI watching them closely The Four Horsemen continue their performances without hesitation. Michael Caine plays Arthur Tressler, a wealthy man looking for an investment to make more money. He quickly took notice to the rising illusionists and became the money behind them. There is so much information to process from the camera jumping back and forth between the cops and the thieves that you hardly have time to question anything, which makes for better surprises.
With a star studded cast like this one the expectations for a good movie are even higher. I would not go as far to say that this is the best performance from any of the actors but, it is one of the most entertaining. All the actors bring their characters to life in a way it would hard to picture someone else portraying them. Eisenberg brings what seems to be his natural cockiness to play. Since Atlas is talented and he knows it Eisenberg is one of the only actors who pull this off and still have the character be likable. Woody Harrelson’s character is the older one of the group but he does not let age factor into anything. He still gives the...

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