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.
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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!