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Now You See Me June 1, 2013
Now You See Me
Studio: Summit Entertainment
Rating: PG-13 for language, some action and sexual content,

When four mid-level magicians are given an opportunity to up their game, before you can say "abra-kadabra" they form the Four Horseman and are soon the hottest act in the business.

Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher and Dave Franco star as the magic makers who come up with a way to rob banks as a part of their act. The kicker is they give all of the money to their audience.

As you would imagine, the FBI takes a dim view of grand larceny, so the quartet is arrested.

Investigator Dylan Rhodes (Mark Ruffalo) is given the task of figuring out how they are pulling the heists off.

For a movie that bills itself to be about magic, "Now You See Me" is less of a "whodunit" and "howdunit" than it is a a "whydunit."

The magic tricks are explained pretty quickly so you know how the Four Horseman are accomplishing their tricks.

But what remains a mystery is why...and who is behind the plan? In addition to the stars, Morgan Freeman gives a nice performance as a man who debunks magic tricks. Melanie Laurent is a highlight of the movie as a French Interpol officer and Michael Caine provides a nice turn as a tycoon who backs the magicians but who may not be aware of all of their tricks.

There are some interesting twists and turns as the story moves to its conclusion. The ending offers a satisfying reason for all of the shenanigans. Most of the film's attention is focused on Ruffalo and while he is a great actor this character could have used a little more nuance. He's basically a rumpled, short-tempered detective who wants to nail the illusionists for their actions. Sure, they're breaking the law, but he really wants to catch them because they are smart alecs. That's not the greatest motivation for a cop, but I guess it will have to do.

Despite some concerns about the plot and four stars who you really don't get to know, this is an enjoyable heist movie.

On my rating scale, "Now You See Me" earns a DOUBLE.

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