Now You See Me (film)

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Now You See Me
Now You See Me Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byLouis Leterrier
Produced byBobby Cohen
Alex Kurtzman
Roberto Orci
Screenplay byEd Solomon
Boaz Yakin
Edward Ricourt
Story byBoaz Yakin
Edward Ricourt
StarringJesse Eisenberg
Mark Ruffalo
Woody Harrelson
Mélanie Laurent
Isla Fisher
Dave Franco
Common
Michael Caine
Morgan Freeman
Music byBrian Tyler
CinematographyMitchell Amundsen
Larry Fong
Editing byRobert Leighton
Vincent Tabaillon
StudioK/O Paper Products
Distributed bySummit Entertainment
Lionsgate
Release dates
  • May 31, 2013 (2013-05-31) (United States)
  • July 31, 2013 (2013-07-31) (France)
Running time115 minutes[1]
125 minutes (Extended cut)[2]
CountryUnited States
France
LanguageEnglish
Budget$75 million[3][4]
Box office$351,723,989[4]
 
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Now You See Me
Now You See Me Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byLouis Leterrier
Produced byBobby Cohen
Alex Kurtzman
Roberto Orci
Screenplay byEd Solomon
Boaz Yakin
Edward Ricourt
Story byBoaz Yakin
Edward Ricourt
StarringJesse Eisenberg
Mark Ruffalo
Woody Harrelson
Mélanie Laurent
Isla Fisher
Dave Franco
Common
Michael Caine
Morgan Freeman
Music byBrian Tyler
CinematographyMitchell Amundsen
Larry Fong
Editing byRobert Leighton
Vincent Tabaillon
StudioK/O Paper Products
Distributed bySummit Entertainment
Lionsgate
Release dates
  • May 31, 2013 (2013-05-31) (United States)
  • July 31, 2013 (2013-07-31) (France)
Running time115 minutes[1]
125 minutes (Extended cut)[2]
CountryUnited States
France
LanguageEnglish
Budget$75 million[3][4]
Box office$351,723,989[4]

Now You See Me is a 2013 French-American caper thriller film directed by Louis Leterrier. The film stars Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Mélanie Laurent, Isla Fisher, Dave Franco, Common, Michael Caine, and Morgan Freeman.

It was released on May 31, 2013. Garnering mixed reviews from critics, the film proved to be a box office success, and a sequel has been officially confirmed.

Plot[edit]

Four gifted street magicians—J. Daniel Atlas, Henley Reeves, Jack Wilder, and Merritt McKinney—are brought together by an unknown benefactor and, one year later, perform in Las Vegas as "The Four Horsemen", sponsored by insurance magnate Arthur Tressler. For the finale, a member of the audience is invited to help them in their next trick: robbing a bank. That audience member is Étienne Forcier, an account holder at the Crédit Républicain de Paris. Forcier is apparently teleported to his bank in Paris, where he activates an air-duct that vacuums up the money and showers it onto the crowd in Las Vegas.

Upon discovering that the money really is missing from the bank vault, FBI agent Dylan Rhodes is called to investigate the theft and is partnered with Interpol agent Alma Dray. They interrogate the Four Horsemen but release them when no explanation can be found. Dylan meets Thaddeus Bradley, a former magician who makes money by revealing the secrets behind other magicians' tricks. Thaddeus was in the audience and deduced that the Horsemen replaced the money weeks before and manipulated the audience's perception of current events, the fake money notes in the bank vault at Crédit Républicain having been counterfeited on flash paper.

Dylan, Alma, and Thaddeus attend the next performance in New Orleans. The group's finale involves them stealing roughly $140 million from Tressler's bank account and distributing it to the audience, composed of people whose insurance claims had been denied or reduced by Tressler's company. Dylan attempts to arrest the Four Horsemen, but they escape with help from hypnotised audience members. An infuriated Tressler hires Thaddeus to expose and humiliate the Horsemen in their next performance. Later, while researching the Four Horsemen's background, Alma learns about rumors of a secret society of magicians called "The Eye", who steal from the rich and powerful to give to the needy, and suggests to a skeptical Dylan the case might be tied to a magician named Lionel Shrike, whom Thaddeus had exposed 30 years earlier and who was so embarrassed that he undertook a dangerous underwater stunt involving a safe, and accidentally drowned.

The Horsemen are located in New York, but they escape during the raid to arrest them; however, Jack is killed when he crashes a stolen car and it bursts into flames and explodes. The remaining Horsemen vow to continue and complete their final performance, stealing a safe made by the same company that made the safe Lionel Shrike died in. They perform their one last show at 5 Pointz during which they seemingly vanish into thin air, transforming into loads of money that is showered on the crowd. The money turns out to be a forgery and the real money is found stashed in Thaddeus's Range Rover. Thaddeus is then assumed to be the fifth Horseman and is arrested, although he claims that he was framed.

Dylan visits Thaddeus in his cell, where Thaddeus explains that the only way the safe could have been removed was if Jack was still alive, but they would have also needed an inside man. Thaddeus realizes that Dylan is the fifth Horseman when Dylan disappears from the locked cell and reappears outside it. Dylan tells Thaddeus he wants him to spend the rest of his life in jail and leaves as Thaddeus asks why he did it. The Horsemen are now rejoined by Jack, whose death had been staged. They finally meet their benefactor and are surprised to find it is Dylan. He welcomes them into "The Eye".

Later, on the Pont des Arts in France, Alma is met by Dylan who reveals himself to be the son of Lionel Shrike, the magician who drowned years ago. He masterminded and designed the Horsemen plot to obtain revenge on those involved: Thaddeus, for humiliating his father; the Crédit Républicain de Paris and Tressler's company, who refused to pay the insurance on his father's death; and the company that produced the substandard safe used in the trick that led to its failure. Alma, however, decides not to turn him in. Alma takes a lock and a key that Dylan magically produces as he proclaims, "One more secret to lock away." After Alma locks the lock on a chain fence with all of the locks that have been locked there over the years, she throws the key into the Seine.

After the beginning of the credits roll in, it is seen that the Four Horsemen have driven to a wasteland in the middle of a desert. All of them enter and find a secret room containing boxes full of their new magic equipment. They turn to Merritt and ask him for his individual card to open the boxes, and to his surprise he finds it in his back pocket.

Cast[edit]

Music[edit]

Now You See Me (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Soundtrack album by Brian Tyler
ReleasedMay 28, 2013
Recorded2013
GenreSoundtrack
Length51:21
LabelGlassnote Records

The official soundtrack was composed by Brian Tyler, and was released on May 28, 2013 for physical purchase and digital download.

No.TitleMusicLength
1."Now You See Me"  Brian Tyler5:26
2."The Four Horsemen"  Brian Tyler3:34
3."Now You See Me (Reprise)"  Brian Tyler1:49
4."Sun" (Jesse Marco Remix)Two Door Cinema Club4:45
5."Now You Don't"  Brian Tyler4:21
6."Entertainment"  Phoenix3:38
7."Sleight of the Mind"  Brian Tyler4:45
8."Now You See Me" (Robert DeLong Remix)Brian Tyler3:40
9."Welcome to the Eye"  Brian Tyler5:49
10."Codec"  Zedd6:01
11."Cineramascope" (featuring Trombone Shorty and Corey Henry)Galactic3:14
12."Now You See Me" (Spellbound Remix)Brian Tyler4:19
Total length:
51:21

Release[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

Now You See Me received mixed reviews from critics, who praised the film's star-studded cast and engaging storyline. The film's most common criticism is that various plot points were insufficiently resolved at the film's conclusion, leaving some questions unanswered or answered unclearly (although it has been suggested that this was intentional, potentially leaving room for a sequel).[5] Based on 149 reviews from film critics, Rotten Tomatoes rated the film 50%, with the site's consensus saying "Now You See Me's thinly sketched characters and scattered plot rely on sleight of hand from the director to distract audiences."[6]

Peter Hammond from Movieline writes, "Pure summer movie magic—literally. More fun than Ocean's 11, 12, and 13 combined. You won't believe your eyes—and that's the point."[7]

Audience polls conducted by CinemaScore give the film a rating of an A–.[citation needed]

Box office[edit]

Despite the mixed reviews the film has had a successful box office run, placing #2 behind Fast & Furious 6 getting $29,350,389 on its opening weekend from 2,925 theaters. By 30 June, it had grossed double its production budget.[4] The film stayed in the top 10 of the North American box office for six weeks after release. The film has earned $117,723,989 at the North American domestic box office and $234,000,000 internationally, totaling to a $351,723,989 worldwide against a $75 million budget.

Home media[edit]

Now You See Me was released on DVD and Blu-ray on September 3, 2013. The Blu-ray release contains an extended version of the film, featuring 16 additional minutes, bringing the film to a 125-minute runtime.[8] It also contains two featurettes: a behind-the-scenes and a "History of Magic", plus 30 minutes of deleted scenes.

Sequel[edit]

On August 9, 2013, after the box office success of the film, Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer officially confirmed that there will be a sequel to the film with production beginning in 2014 for an unspecified release date.[9] Louis Leterrier confirmed he will return to direct the sequel.[10] Jesse Eisenberg confirmed he and the rest of the main cast will be back for the sequel.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "NOW YOU SEE ME (12A)". British Board of Film Classification. 2013-05-28. Retrieved 2013-05-28. 
  2. ^ "Lionsgate Press Release: Now You See Me (Blu-ray) - Blu-ray". Home Theater Forum. 2013-08-27. Retrieved 2013-08-31. 
  3. ^ Kaufman, Amy. "'Fast & Furious 6' to speed past 'After Earth' at the box office". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2013-06-02. ""Now You See Me" cost roughly $75 million" 
  4. ^ a b c "Now You See Me (2013)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2013-06-30. 
  5. ^ "Review: 'Now You See Me' Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher & Mark Ruffalo | The Playlist". Blogs.indiewire.com. Retrieved 2013-06-02. 
  6. ^ Now You See Me at Rotten Tomatoes
  7. ^ "Now You See Me - Movie Review". Youtube.com/user/MovielineNetwork. Retrieved 2013-05-30. 
  8. ^ "Now You See Me Arrives on Blu-ray and DVD September 3". ComingSoon.net. CraveOnline. August 13, 2013. Retrieved August 13, 2013. 
  9. ^ "'Now You See Me' to get sequel". Den of Geek. Retrieved 2013-08-09. 
  10. ^ "'Exclusive: Louis Leterrier Back for Now You See Me Sequel". ComingSoon.net. Retrieved 2013-08-28. 
  11. ^ "Jesse Eisenberg Talks THE DOUBLE, the NOW YOU SEE ME Sequel, and More At TIFF 2013". Collider. Retrieved 2013-09-20. 

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