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Posted: Wednesday, June 5, 2013 4:00 am | Updated: 12:16 pm, Fri Jun 7, 2013.

While Will Smith’s “After Earth” seemed to attract many of the headlines going into the weekend’s movie Box Office openings, it was “Now You See Me” that came in second behind the summer hit “Fast and Furious 6”.

“Now You See Me” is one of those truly good movies to, get some popcorn, and enjoy. It keeps you guessing, keeps you entertained and by the end, for many, has you a bit surprised.

“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. 

“The Four Horseman” include J. Daniel Atlas  (Jesse Eisenberg), Merritt McKinney (Woody Harrelson), Jack Wilder  (Dave Franco) and Henley Reeves (Isla Fisher). These are some of the top illusionists looking to capture the industry’s highest honor through a series of shows that captures the world’s attention, and keeps two very frustrated FBI agents guessing.

Mark Ruffalo plays lead FBI agent, Dyle Rhodes, who is forced to work with an agent out of France, Alma Dray (Mélanie Laurent). Rhodes struggles to try and figure out the case, while wondering if he can trust the strange agent from France and garner the help of an expert who has spent his career disclosing how a magician’s tricks truly work.

Morgan Freeman plays the man who might be helping the FBI, but then again, he might not be.

“Now You See Me” has the essence of the first Ocean’s movie where the director allows you to figure things out as he wants you to.

Some say “Now You See Me” is too chaotic, but as the plot comes together it all makes sense.

Director Louis Leterrier does a good job at keeping you guessing, keeping you entertained with the movie’s humor and with some of the action scenes, he keeps you on the edge of your seat.

With actors like Ruffalo, Freeman and Harrelson, it’s hard for a movie with this kind of script to go wrong.

While there have been plenty of letdowns this summer, “Now You See Me” is definitely not one of them.

 

 

Now You See Me

Rating:  PG-13

Running Time: 1 Hour, 56 Minutes

Director:  Louis Leterrier

Grade: B

 

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