St. Anthony Messenger
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July 2013
Photo courtesy of Henry Holt
Now You See Me
“The first rule of magic is to always be the smartest guy in the room” is a mantra that four talented and ambitious magicians keep repeating in director Louis Leterrier’s new film

Now You See Me, cowritten by Ed Solomon, Boaz Yakin, and Edward Ricourt. Michael (Jesse Eisenberg) and Henley (Isla Fisher) used to work together before going their separate ways, but find work entertaining people with their magic. Jack (Dave Franco) and Merritt (Woody Harrelson) take a seedier approach to their profession.

Each of them receives a tarot card inviting them to an apartment in Manhattan. From an unknown person, they receive directions for their next act as a team: the Four Horsemen. Their first act is in Las Vegas, then New Orleans, and with a mega-watt culmination in New York. Now You See Me is an action film with some excellent sleight-of-hand tricks and commentary on unpunished greed for deeds perpetrated by banks and insurance companies in recent years. It’s a heist film, but it is challenging to follow all the ins and outs. Still, the film is entertaining.

The Four Horsemen are undoubtedly an allusion to those harbingers of justice described in the Book of Revelation 6:1–8. A-III, PG-13 ■ Language, peril, sexual references.

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