Now You See Me (♦♦♦½)
Four street performing magicians are summoned seemingly at random to an address in New York City, the objective, to be collective performers in a show in Vegas. During their first show they pull off a bank heist on the other side of the Atlantic, and from there they only get fancier and more deceitful, but when nothing is as it seems, the FBI intervenes and takes over the investigation. Are these magicians part of a bigger plan? With the investigators always two steps behind, they enlist the help of an unlikely source.
In my opinion, Now You See Me would have been a lot cooler without so many explanations and maneuvering. I was entertained but utterly confused; it seems to me that the magicians went to all that trouble for something intangible. The Prestige and The Illusionist are two films that come to mind when watching this one, but even those two were more successful in reeling in the audience until the end.
While Now You See Me is entertaining, I think it's too pretentious for its own sake.
Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Mélanie Laurent, Michael Caine, Dave Franco, Isla Fisher, Woody Harrelson and Morgan Freeman co-star.