Now You See Me

Now You See Me

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Director: Louis Leterrier

Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson

     
 

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A team of talented illusionists called "The Four Horsemen" (played by Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher, and Dave Franco) are investigated by a resolute FBI agent (Mark Ruffalo) following a series ofSee more details below

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A team of talented illusionists called "The Four Horsemen" (played by Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher, and Dave Franco) are investigated by a resolute FBI agent (Mark Ruffalo) following a series of brazen heists that leave their audiences swimming in cash while draining the bulging bank accounts of unscrupulous business leaders. Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, and Mélanie Laurent co-star in this sleight-of-hand thriller directed by Clash of the Titans' Louis Leterrier.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
A cross between The Prestige and The Usual Suspects (souped up with some sly action sequences), Now You See Me, Louis Leterrier's crime comedy about magicians, has a first-rate setup but lacks the punch of anything extraordinary. It aims for the winking smarts of Penn and Teller, but ends up being as routine as a guy making coins appear out of kids' noses at a birthday party. The brilliant high concept involves four talented magicians -- close-up magic expert J. Daniel Atlas (Jesse Eisenberg), his former assistant and now renowned escape artist Henley Reeves (Isla Fisher), hypnotist and self-proclaimed mentalist Merritt McKinney (Woody Harrelson), and stealthy pickpocket Jack Wilder (Dave Franco) -- who each receive an invitation to show up at a particular New York City apartment building on a certain day at an exact time. They do so, and one year later they have joined forces in an act known as The Four Horsemen, performing to sold-out crowds at a casino owned by millionaire Arthur Tressler (Michael Caine). When the foursome seemingly swipe millions from a French bank on-stage, The Horsemen come under the suspicion of professional magician debunker Thaddeus Bradley (Morgan Freeman) -- who has grown wealthy and famous revealing tricks of the trade -- as well as Detective Dylan Rhodes (Mark Ruffalo), who is put in charge of the investigation alongside French Interpol official Alma Dray (Mélanie Laurent). The heist at the beginning turns out to be just the first step in a master plan for these talented performers, but we in the audience are never sure who is orchestrating it all. At one time or another, almost every character in the film becomes the focus of our suspicions, but time and again a person intones some piece of advice along the lines of, "The closer you look, the less you'll see." Up to this point, Leterrier had worked exclusively in action flicks -- he helmed Transporter 2 as well as the remake of Clash of the Titans -- and sure enough, there's a well-handled chase through the streets of New Orleans and a notably original hand-to-hand fight between Dylan and Jack that inventively utilizes various magic props. The film certainly has momentum: It feels like it's moving almost all the time, even if about halfway through you get the sneaking suspicion it's not going to end up anywhere interesting. There is pleasure to be had with actors this talented. Harrelson is consistently amusing as the most con-artist-like of the group, Eisenberg does his smugly superior thing to perfection, Freeman is having a blast playing a character who is himself having a blast, and Ruffalo anchors it all as the intense cop who always seems two or three steps behind his elusive prey. If only screenwriters Boaz Yakin, Ed Solomon, and Edward Ricourt had thought up some deeper themes for the movie, it might have stuck with the audience. But instead of leaving us awestruck or impressed, the final beats of the story reveal it to be about something routine and mundane. So many pictures about magic focus on the art of misdirection, and while purposeful distraction is certainly a key component to the allure of prestidigitation as well as storytelling, what leaves an audience filled with wonder is the reveal of something seemingly impossible. Now You See Me never comes up with an ending that justifies the incessant misdirections that make up the bulk of the film.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/03/2013
UPC:
0025192206061
Original Release:
2013
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Summit Inc/Lionsgate
Region Code:
1A
Sales rank:
22,178

Special Features

cc Audio commentary by producer Bobby Cohen and director Louis Leterrier - theatrical version only "Now You See Me Revealed" featurette "A Brief History Of Magic" featurette-Blu-ray only Deleted scenes-Blu-ray only

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jesse Eisenberg J. Daniel Atlas
Mark Ruffalo Dylan Rhodes
Woody Harrelson Merritt McKinney
Mélanie Laurent Alma Dray
Isla Fisher Henley Reeves
Dave Franco Jack Wilder
Common Evans
Michael Caine Arthur Tressler
Morgan Freeman Thaddeus Bradley
Michael Kelly Agent Fuller
David Warshofsky Cowan
José Garcia Etienne Forcier
Jessica C. Lindsey Hermia
Caitriona Balfe Jasmine Tressler
Stephanie Honoré Atlas Groupie
Stanley Wong MGM Grand Usher
Laura Cayouette Hypnotized Women
Douglas M. Griffin Hypnotized Man
Adam Shapiro Jack's Pick-Pocket Victim
J. Larose Willy Mears
Justine Wachsberger Paris Bank Manager
Christian Gazio Armored Truck Driver
Benoit Cransac Armored Truck Guard
Samantha Beaulieu Mobile Command Tech Agent
Odessa Sykes Josepha Hickey
Shannon Maris Dina Robertson
Nicki Daniels Savoy Audience Member
Wendy Miklovic Dylan's Tackler
Brad Abrell Announcer
Randi Rousseau New Orleans TV Reporter
Hunter Burke Sazerac Bartender
Brian Tucker FBI Agent Baskin
Teddy Canez FBI Lead Ground Agent
Joe Chrest Elkhorn Janitor Agent
Kerry Cahill Elkhorn Agent
Diego Miro Dylan (12 Yrs Old)
Adella Gauthier Marie Claire
Han Soto Mobile Command Leader
Jaren Mitchell Henley's Frat Boy #1
Scott Shilstone Henley's Frat Boy #2
Zac Waggener Henley's Frat Boy #3
Caleb Michaelson Henley's Frat Boy #4
Anthony Molinari FBI Truck Driver
Griff Furst Stethoscope Agent
Katheryn Swann FBI Investigator #1
Kevin Roy FBI Investigator #2
Kenneth Herrington FBI Investigator #3
Andy Ryan Tressler Bodyguard #1
Erik Blake Tressler Bodyguard #2
Tarek Isham Singer/Musician #1
Alynda Segarra Singer/Musician #2
Cathrine Cavazos Singer/Musician #3
Sam Doores Singer/Musician #4
Catherine Poon Chinese Tenant
Michael Hartson Lead Officer 5 Pointz

Technical Credits
Louis Leterrier Director
Mitchell Amundsen Cinematographer
Steve Boeddeker Sound/Sound Designer
Joe Camp Asst. Director
Bobby Cohen Producer
Carmen Cuba Casting
Jenny Eagan Costumes/Costume Designer
Larry Fong Cinematographer
Industrial Light & Magic Animator
Mayumi Konishi-Valentine Set Decoration/Design
Alex Kurtzman Producer
Robert Leighton Editor
Meagan McLaughlin Costumes/Costume Designer
Danny Michael Sound Mixer
Roberto Orci Producer
Scott Plauche Art Director
Edward Ricourt Original Story,Screenwriter
Michael Schaefer Executive Producer
Ed Solomon Screenwriter
Julia Spiro Associate Producer
Vincent Tabaillon Editor
Brian Tucker Associate Producer
Brian Tyler Score Composer
Trinh Vu Set Decoration/Design
Peter Wenham Production Designer
Stan Wlodkowski Executive Producer
Boaz Yakin Executive Producer,Original Story,Screenwriter

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Now You See Me
1. Chapter 1 [7:40]
2. Chapter 2 [6:10]
3. Chapter 3 [7:40]
4. Chapter 4 [9:55]
5. Chapter 5 [7:21]
6. Chapter 6 [6:42]
7. Chapter 7 [8:40]
8. Chapter 8 [8:14]
9. Chapter 9 [7:21]
10. Chapter 10 [5:52]
11. Chapter 11 [6:29]
12. Chapter 12 [5:13]
13. Chapter 13 [6:21]
14. Chapter 14 [7:10]
15. Chapter 15 [7:40]
16. Chapter 16 [4:47]

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