Now You See Me

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Overview

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. ...
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Overview

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.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Audio commentary by producer Bobby Cohen and director Louis Leterrier; "Now You See Me Revealed" featurette
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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: 9/3/2013
  • UPC: 025192206078
  • Original Release: 2013
  • Rating:

  • Source: Summit Inc/Lionsgate
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:55:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 4,244

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 III 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 [6:21]
3. Chapter 3 [5:52]
4. Chapter 4 [6:29]
5. Chapter 5 [8:40]
6. Chapter 6 [7:40]
7. Chapter 7 [4:47]
8. Chapter 8 [7:21]
9. Chapter 9 [7:10]
10. Chapter 10 [9:55]
11. Chapter 11 [6:10]
12. Chapter 12 [6:42]
13. Chapter 13 [1:42]
14. Chapter 14 [7:40]
15. Chapter 15 [8:14]
16. Chapter 16 [5:13]
17. Chapter 17 [5:38]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Now You See Me
   Play Movie
   Scenes
   Set Up
      Audio
         English 5.1 Dolby Digital
         Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital
         English Descriptive Audio
      Subtitles
         English Subtitles: On
         Spanish Subtitles: On
         Subtitles: Off
         Play Movie
   Extras
      Audio Commentary With Producer Bobby Cohen And Director Louis Leterrier
         Audio Commentary: On
         Audio Commentary: Off
      Now You See Me Revealed
      Theatrical Trailer
      Teaser Trailer
      Also From Lionsgate
      Club
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2013

    What a delightful, entertaining movie from start to finish! If

    What a delightful, entertaining movie from start to finish!

    If you plan to watch, I suggest you do yourself a favor and read as little about this movie as possible. You'll enjoy the imaginative script, entertaining acting and the magic shows much better.

    I will say a few things about the movie that won't ruin anyone's surprise. It is my intention not to oversell it, but enthusiastically recommend it.

    The fun, imaginative, well thought out story was written by Edward Ricourt and developed for the screen by Mr. Ricourt and Boaz Yaki. It is a light-hearted, multi-layered story with a beautiful platonic relationship. There is a romance, but it does not distract from the story, but helps move it forward.

    The acting ensemble is great. It is especially wonderful to see Mark Ruffalo in a leading role. Isla Fisher gives a confident, enthusiastic, powerful and sexy performance without being butch or sleezy, a refreshing change from most leading role actresses who are too skinny, flaunt their sexuality and are robotic and stunted in their performances.

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  • Posted September 23, 2013

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    Now You See Me... and why I wish I hadn't.

    I love movies that use real-life magic as a premise, movies like The Illusionist and The Prestige, so when I first saw the trailer for Now You See Me, it quickly became one of my most anticipated movies of the year. And much to my disappointment, it has now become one of the biggest letdowns of the year.This movie has an all-star cast (Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher, Jesse Eisenberg, Morgan Freeman, Michael Cain & Dave Franco), intriguing premise and SO much potential. So where did it go wrong? Poor character development, a shoddy script and too much time focusing on befuddling the viewer, for starters. It very much reminded me of The Gangster Squad with it's lack of intellectual integrity and try-too-hard attitude. They turn Agent Rhodes (Ruffalo) into a total buffoon which makes the whole cat and mouse thing a bust. If you're going to use that angle, the opposing forces need to be equally matched, drawing out the suspense. Such was not the case here. And then you expect to see this group of talented actors shine, instead, it's like attempting to pull too many rabbits out of the hat. It's just a bunch of terrific actors who are totally restricted and undervalued. The draw of the film, The Horsemen, are given less screen time than expected and they're really the ones you want to see.Now You See Me promises many things to the viewer but it never delivers upon those promises. It's not cerebrally challenging the way a magic movie should be. The twists and reversals weren't surprising and were completely unbelievable. You didn't see them coming, not because of skillful misdirection as was often implied, but rather because the explanations were crooked and expedient. Especially, near the end as we backtrack through the movie's big events, the reveals are less-than-convincing than if you were to simply believe in real magic. I'll take fantasy over the contrived solutions in this movie.
    Now You See Me, like most magic, is all smoke and mirrors with no real substance hiding behind the curtain. Basically, it's just one big turd.Now You See Me is a mix of Robin Hood meets The Prestige---only not quite so good. Sure, it's got all the misdirection that a magic movie should have, but much like bad magic, there's no integrity. Flashy, full of bells and whistles and big personalities, this movie has so much potential. Unfortunately, it completely fails in the execution, rendering it one of my biggest disappointments this year. If you want magic then you should watch The Prestige instead.

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