It is magician’s job to mesmerize you with hypnotizing spells. It’s their job to satisfy you bewitchingly. But in “Now You See Me”, magicians just bother you with sputtering chases. Having an attitude like ‘Robin Hood’, they walk through many fields and finally transcend you into new horizon where you doubt the real motto of the movie. But one thing for sure, the movie ‘magic’ fails to mesmerize you.
The movie revolves around four people with supernormal trick powers, called “Horsemen”. They tried their best to hypnotize you but you somehow feel dull as the storyline loses its’ thread like a torn string of beads bracelet. The 116 minutes duration is long enough to bore you in many cases if you predict the enjoyable goofs easily. ‘Now You See Me’, the nourished child of Director Louis Leterrier ( director from ‘Clash of the Titans’, ‘The incredible Hulk’) can’t spread the illusion, the zest or wonder that a magic movie should do.
The movie follows the adventures of a high-flying magicians’ super group, their wizardry and their stage of actions. Their leader magician Atlas (Jesse Eisenberg) is an adamant, fast-talking cardsharp; he believes in straight cut formula, ‘The closer you look, the less you see’; then there are other three, devious Merritt McKinney (Woody Harrelson), a mentalist, specializes in hypnosis, Jack Wilder (Dave Franco), a pick pocket, and escapologist Henley Reeves (Isla Fisher) to perform humble wizardry in front of you. Gone are the days of Harry Potter and his wizardry and its new age of luscious magicians, who wear ‘Robin Hood’ on their sleeves. The four Horsemen on ‘Now You See Me’ steal money from banks and rain it down on thriving masses. They even teleport an audience and pour his cashes on boisterous audiences. Magicians should cast spells on people to steal but the mechanics of robbery here pauses the speed. But it shows how clever people steal from people by technological wizardry. So, the movie loses magic soon without mesmerizing you.
But the movie lets us see Jesse Eisenberg, that very ‘The Social Network’ boy in the role of magician leader Atlas. He seemed quite promising as a cardsharper but wore a David Copperfield attitude throughout the film Isla Fisher is the solo seductress but she etched out the character of escape artist; in the movie she was chained and dropped into the tank filled with Piranhas. But looking at them you must think, ‘Do they exist in reality?’ The film may try to give an idea on magic profession but you barely understand it.
The super powers of the four ‘Horsemen’ comes at stake as Thaddeus ( Morgan Freeman) starts playing mind games with them having helping hand Arthur Tressler; but at a certain point Arthur just disappears from the movie. Then the chase sequence leads them through many murkier roads and the chases are enough to lose the spark of ‘magic movie’. However, the four cluster to join the grand ‘showdown’. The showbiz people, the four efficient magicians may blind you with super powers but they cease to ravish you with like a half forgotten spell. ‘Now You See Me’ is truly a half forgotten spell, half torn page of scroll and obviously a failed ‘magic movie’!!
Written by: Jayeeta Shamsul