Studio: Summit Entertainment (Lionsgate Films)
Production Budget: 75 million
Director: Louis Leterrier
Screenwriters: Ed Solomon, Boaz Yakin, Edward Ricourt
Source Material: Original Idea!
Mark Ruffalo as Dylan Rhodes
Melanie Laurent as Alma Dray
Morgan Freeman as Thaddeus Bradley
Jesse Eisenberg as J. Daniel Atlas
Woody Harrelson as Merritt McKinney
Dave Franco as Jack Wilder
Isla Fisher as Henly Reeves
Michael Caine as Arthur Tressler
Music: Bryan Tyler
Running Time: 115 minutes
Plot: A group of magicians known as the 4 Horsemen rob a bank in Paris while performing in Las Vegas, and it is up to an FBI agent (Ruffalo), an Interpol detective (Laurent), and a magic debunker (Freeman) to expose them as they continue to award their stolen riches to their own audience.
Review: I believe anything is worth seeing at least once, especially so for an original idea; magicians that rob a bank, how has this not been done before? Which is why I was particularly excited to go see “Now You See Me”. However, I am somewhat superstitious when it comes to watching movies in theatres, every time during a movie when someone leans over and whispers to me something like “this is actually pretty good”, my expectations start to dip, and with that they are met. It’s almost a self fulfilling prophecy I think a film is about to head down hill and it does.
Overall Scale: +1
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- Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jim Carrey, Hugh Grant, Sacha Baron Cohen and Colin Firth were considered for the lead roles before it was decided to go for younger leads. Jake Gyllenhaal was offered a role at one time as well as Olivia Wilde, the latter who probably confused this film for “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone”.
- Michael Caine was locked in his dressing room for a whole night during the shooting of the movie. Caine fell asleep after shooting and couldn’t hear when the director called the day a wrap. Everyone thought that Caine left and the set was closed. Caine wake up in the pitch dark and wasn’t released until the morning until someone heard his cries for help.
- This film was distributed by Summit Entertainment, whose highest grossing non-twilight film at 90 million is “Red”. The sequel to which comes out on July 19th.
- Oddly enough, I feel this film deserves a sequel that can live up to its original potential.
- Something for your playlist (both songs from marketing):
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lmc21V-zBq0 (in the commercial)
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KfHCHgWusHM (in the trailer)