Movie review: Now You See Me

Last updated 14:30 12/09/2013

TRICKY: From left, Isla Fisher, Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson and Dave Franco put on a show in Now You See Me.

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As I'm approached in Wellington by a street magician I am wary of him but after a five minute performance I'm throwing my money at him.

'Now you see me' (Louis Leterrier) encapsulates this joy of magic we've all felt that makes the best of us turn into big kids.

From the beginning there is already the lure of mystery and with each character's introduction it leaves you wanting to know and see more from them.

I wasn't sure how they would cope with such a star-studded cast, but the eventual development between character and plot-lines allows you to connect with all of the characters.

Jesse Eisenberg plays the role he knows best to play, the arrogant over-achiever, in the form of Atlas, a magician known best for card tricks. Isla Fisher plays the sassy Henely, ex-partner to Atlas who specialises in escape art. Woody Harrelson takes on the role of the mentalist (somebody who reads people's body movement to find out information about them) Merritt McKinney. Finally we have Dave Franco as Jack Wilder who becomes our apprentice to the group, used to using his skills for petty crimes. These four as a group work surprisingly well together, throwing insults at each other's abilities every so often. The group are thrown together in such a way that they never act really close to one another, but deep down it is obvious there is a clear connection between them all.

As they are being investigated by Dylan Rhodes (Mark Ruffalo), an FBI agent tasked to their apprehension, we see the frustration in his attempts to solve this crime and discover the tricks of the magicians.

The entire film is filled with twists and turns and throughout I was racking my brains, attempting to understand the way in which the trick was performed.

During the movie I thought of my encounter with the street magician and realised how similar the feeling was from watching the movie. It is a movie where you feel challenged upon exiting the theatre but not so much that you come out feeling like an idiot. It is definitely a must-watch for all magic lovers out there.

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