Sound Off: Louis Leterrier's 'Now You See Me' - What Did You Think?
by Alex Billington
June 1, 2013
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? "Come in close, because the more you think you see, the easier it'll be to fool you." Now playing in theaters is Louis Leterrier's Now You See Me, the illusionist heist movie starring Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher and Dave Franco as the "Four Horsemen", a group of magicians who rob banks and rain the money over the audience. The ensemble cast includes Mark Ruffalo, Mélanie Laurent, Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine. But is it any good? How is the twist? If you've seen it, leave a comment with your own thoughts on Leterrier's Now You See Me.
Spoiler Warning: We strongly urge everyone to actually see the film before reading ahead, as there may be spoilers below. We also encourage all commenters to keep major spoilers from the film to a minimum, if possible. However, this is an open discussion from this point on! Beware of spoilers, don't ruin this film!
To fuel the fire, I was quite let down by Now You See Me. None of the actual performances or tricks pack a punch, the pacing is completely off, and the setups never have a worthy payoff. Even the final twist isn't that exciting, it's just an "oh I see, big deal…" moment. The best scene in the movie is the one where Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine finally square off in the bar, but nothing else came close to that. There's a line in the film "what you are about to see will amaze you", yet the show after that isn't amazing at all. They used CGI embellishment way too often and forgot to keep things grounded in reality when pulling off the tricks. I really wanted to love this movie but as much as I tried to enjoy, there's just not much that amazes.
What did you think of Leterrier's Now You See Me? Fun summer entertainment or disaster? We will remove any comments that indicate you have not seen the movie, as this area is meant to discuss the film only once you have seen it and can talk about your thoughts. Please keep the comments civilized!
Reader Feedback - 29 Comments
It was ok but most of the time I just couldn't wait to get home to watch "The Prestige" yeah this film is more laid back and is a popcorn flick I was just hoping for more. I wanted real tricks with a sense of realism to them but instead got an over abundance of CGI and predictability throughout the whole film. The cast was fine and the tricks were enjoyable it just would of been better with a bit more magic. I have to admit the scene with Franco and Ruffalo fighting gave me a smile the entire time I just wish the rest of the film had that much energy.
N. on Jun 1, 2013
That fighting scene between them two was my favorite. I have to say that Dave Franco reminded me of Gambit in that scene!
Mufasa on Jun 2, 2013
That's what I was thinking the whole time it was awesome!
N. on Jun 3, 2013
I thought it was amazing! Every trick i thought the same thing as everyone else, but in reality, it wasn't it. Every trick, was to me, real. I believed it like the FBI, i was always the at step behind. It kept me on the edge of my seat, and to me, that is what i like in an action movie like that. I came close, i thought i saw everything, but i was only fooled easier.
J. on Jun 1, 2013
I'm glad you enjoyed it I feel like if I hadn't figured it all out ahead of time I might of enjoyed it more.
N. on Jun 1, 2013
"Illusions, Michael! Tricks are what whores do for money"
Mufasa on Jun 2, 2013
I absolutely loved the movie...not for the over reaching arc that they went for but purely because the movie was entertaining...Woody Harrelson was hilarious...Jesse Eisenberg was always witty and the play between the two of them was fun and I believe it was geniune. Even Dave Franco surprised me...he may be able to work out a comedy action flick in the future seeing how he kicked Mark Ruffalo and several other FBI agents ass with ease and was pretty quick about it...it didnt look slow and choreographed like most actors do when in a fight sequence. Oh and my love for redheads will give Isla Fisher an automatic pass in just about anything! Great movie and I hope they do a sequel to be honest
Primo on Jun 1, 2013
This movie for me gave me something i rarely feel in a movie. it kept me guess and eisenbergs first trick blew me and all my friends mind because we all saw the same card before he revealed it franco fight scene kicked ass and proved why you don't fu** with magicians lol but the twist blew my mind.but i highly enjoyed this movie
brian w on Jun 1, 2013
Dan Harmon is back!
DAVIDPD on Jun 1, 2013
for those who give this film a negative review i strongly suggest getting physciatric help. has the world gone mad ? what do these stuffed pumpous arrogant aholes want from a movie ? i go to be entertained. PERIOD ! and let me tell you i got a very healthy dose of entertainment. i pitty those people who have lost the ability to see a film for what it was meant to be .... TO ENTERTAIN ! BEST FILM OF THE YEAR AS FAR AS I AM CONCERNED
Mike Knopfler on Jun 2, 2013
So because you were entertained everyone else has to be? I'm still happily not part of the borg empire.
Norbert Korzus on Jun 2, 2013
I completely agree with big mike here, Movies aren't supposed to make you think or transform you in some way. They are here for the sole purpose of entertaining us and distracting us from our miserable lives. Im so sick of these critic a-holes who expect a movie to be cinematic and transformative in some way. I don't want to learn any new ideas or perspectives from my movies.
jeff on Jun 2, 2013
thank you for sharing. today i will see After Earth .. and even with all it's CGI Idoubt if it will entertain me as much as Now You See Me Here is a movie that i would love to see a sequal to.
Mike Knopfler on Jun 2, 2013
Actually movies are just a medium in which we tell stories. Whats wrong with a story making you think? Or a story transforming your view of the world if even for a minute? I think you forget at it's most basic a movie is a story. Yes they can distract us from our lives, but that is not their sole purpose. So instead of letting a story change you, you would rather change the story so it doesn't affect you? How about just letting the director tell his/her story. If it doesn't affect you fine. It ie does fine. Just don't lose fact that the story is why we see movies. How it affects is all up to the person watching it.
netizen24601 on Jun 3, 2013
Its called sarcasm
jeff on Jun 3, 2013
And yes this is definitely tied with "After Earth" for best film of the year.
jeff on Jun 2, 2013
Am I the only one who cannot take Isla serious in anything? She looks like a cartoon or some such.
Brian Sleider on Jun 2, 2013
I remember the days when magicians like David Copperfield would reinforce the fact that “no camera tricks were used”. In this film, most every bit of magic performed was camera tricks or CGI. That was every disappointing. The funniest thing to me was the escape artist. Twice, she is faced with a lock, first a locked door then a chained and locked gate. Both times, she had to rely on another magician getting passed the locks. She may be the first escape artist who can’t pick a lock.
Dennis on Jun 2, 2013
I really don't know how I feel about this film after finally watching it because I was too amped up in watching it that I researched it, read updates from those who saw it and got excited, too excited as my expectations were a bit cheated. (Word of advice, don't read critiques or opinions prior to viewing it) I didn't really read about the film and or have it spoiled for me except seeing previews, videos and hearing so much praise for it that I was expecting mind blowing results but I'm reminded of this saying from Sheldon Cooper (Big Bang Theory) 'You told me it's mind-blowing, so my mind is going into it pre- blown, and once a mind is *pre*-blown, it cannot be *re*-blown.' that is EXACTLY how I felt leaving the theater. It was a great fun movie no doubt. I do not diminish anything about the film but I will say this you have to have the right mindset to thoroughly enjoy it. My only complaint is that there needed to be more development for the four horseman. (It could've used at least another 30 minutes if you ask me) because they needed more screen- time. Im not gonna give anything away but I was not all that blown away in the end. I kinda figured it out. However, great cast, great acting and I WILL see it again. See that is what was brilliant about it. TPTB made it in a way that YOU have to see it again. Whether its for pure enjoyment, catching up or you missed something the first time.
krysta on Jun 2, 2013
It was a ride. Enjoy it! and a redeeming spiritual message to boot.
scoobs on Jun 2, 2013
amzing and exciting is my feeling about this sound off. i like it
Friv 4 on Jun 3, 2013
The flick was cool. I enjoyed it! The twists were totally unexpected. The writng was as serviceable as the CGI needed to be. Yes, it's a summer popcorn flick. The performances were good, too, all around! They could have wasily re-tread the terrible "...Burt Wonderstone", but thankfully went in a different direction! Leterrier knocked this one out of the park!
Spider on Jun 3, 2013
I thought this movie looked cool in the previews but expected it to be so over the top that I wouldn't be able to buy into the premise. However this movie pulled something off that very few movies can. It is over the top. Most of the tricks are implausible and the entire premise over reaches by a mile but the movie is so well constructed that you hardly mind and actually enjoy the surrealism of the magic and the plot. Its pure escapism even for the escape artist viewer. Very entertaining movie from start to finish with wit, action, suspense and a plot that keeps you thinking, guessing and just sitting back enjoying the movie all the way through. There is a twist (most know that going in based on the preview) but even I was pleasantly surprised when it was all said and done. So far one of the best of the summer, and will most likely be one of the surprise hits of the summer when its all said and done.
$47353571 on Jun 3, 2013
SPOILER! I thought Ruffalo's charecter when he revealed himself to Freeman was lame. You spend 30 years planning to revenge your fathers death and you act like a snobby smart alec? There was practically no emotion and it left me thinking... who cares they both are a bunch of assholes.
SCAL-LA-BREEN-E on Jun 4, 2013
Too much CGI; possible minor plot holes; unnecessary and rather unlikely love story subplot that barely had no time to develop... That aside, the acting was great and the film was very entertaining.
Guest on Jun 4, 2013
Too much CGI; possible minor plot holes; unnecessary and rather unlikely love story subplot given no time to develop... That aside, the acting was great and the film was very entertaining.
silverfaustus on Jun 4, 2013
Morgan Freeman has new teeth. No seriously. They're super new, white, pearly, aaaaand distracting. That is all.
ion677 on Jun 4, 2013
friv on Jun 5, 2013
i like it. my feeling is exciting .
Friv on Jun 7, 2013
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