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Now You See Me


Four talented magicians mesmerize an international audience with a series of bold and original heists, all the while pursuing a hidden agenda that has the FBI and Interpol scrambling to anticipate their next move.

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common sense

ON for kids age 13
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2 out of 5

Teen-appealing heist movie has a few intense fight scenes.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that Now You See Me is an entertaining (if uneven) caper movie that could be thrilling for teens interested in magic and illusions, though some fight scenes may be too harsh (kicks to the face, pistol-whipping, a deadly car crash) for younger viewers. Viewers can also expect intermittent swearing, including derivations of "s--t," and a brief scene featuring a scantily clad woman astride a man. A character drinks too much at a bar, and several labels are seen/mentioned.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about why the Four Horsemen did what they did. Are they motivated by greed, altruism, or a respect for their craft?
  • Now You See Me unmasks some magic tricks, including some fairly elaborate illusions that people readily believe. Why do you think they do? What is the film saying about performers like these?
  • Are the characters role models? Are they intended to be? Can you think of other law-breaking characters who are presented sympathetically?

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2 stars

No, I don't see you. "Now You See Me" is one of those films that aspires to baffle audience's minds with a grand twist that no one is able to predict, but it's done in such over-exaggerated fashion; reminds me of "Lucky Number Slevin". The premise is a strange one: magicians pulling off a real heist in front of an audience to have them marvel over the mysterious qualities of magic. If there was a plot that broke all suspension of disbelief, here it is. Oh, and you can see that this movie wants to throw a game-changing twist at the end that'll leave audiences with their jaws dropped to the floor. But by the end of the movie, you can't help but think that filmmakers made too many compromises with the plot just for the element of surprise. Undeniably, you won't see the twist, but that's because the twist is just too far-fetched. Okay, so let's say that the twist wasn't as compelling as the movie wanted it to be. How's the plot? Well, because everything's riding on the twist to be a haymaker, everything else is basically foreplay for the ending. And you know what? Movies that do that are usually pretty entertaining. I'm sad to say that "Now You See Me" lands pretty low on that list. "Now You See Me" is pretentious, flamboyantly squaking away, making promises that are never fulfilled. "Now You See Me", I'm sorry but I don't see you.

- fb1463751009, Monday, July 29, 2013

2 stars

I was worried that "Now You See Me" would pull a "Gangster Squad" and waste its amazing cast on a lazy script. Luckily, this movie avoids that pitfall with a story that actually tries to do something original. The magical twist on the heist genre makes for an immediately engaging plot, and each character gets at least one awesome moment to shine, and none of the actors felt like cameos in the same way that Morgan Freeman did in "Oblivion" just a month earlier. Unfortunately, though the film avoids pulling a "Gangster Squad", it instead pulls a "Hancock". That movie notoriously built up a great first half only to introduce ludicrous plot developments, which killed the film just when it was reaching its peak. "Now You See Me" does exactly that, with a couple (that's right, more than one) second half plot twists that throw all logic out the window, and feel more like a flimsy attempt to channel "Fight Club", without setting the reveal up well throughout the movie, and barely trying to explain itself. As it stands, the film is still a cool, fast-paced adventure and I was glad to see just how much the cast helped elevate the film as a whole, but the execution towards the end makes me hesitant to recommend the movie unless you really love these actors, as I do.

- fb791220692, Thursday, July 4, 2013

5 stars

FANTASTIC!!! If I could give 5 thumbs up or 11 star for this movie, I would really gave it.. With the help of amazing directing from Louis Leterrier and great cast with great story, this movie turns out into an amazing entertainment.. I must say I'm truly impressed..

- ajaymuthecooldevils, Wednesday, July 3, 2013