By: Jay Dyer
Now You See Me is, on one level, a silly, contrived film about a group of magicians invited to be part of a large-scale heist and con operation. Simply put, amateur magic acts Henley Reeves (Isla Fisher), Merritt McKinney (Woody Harrelson), J. Daniel Atlas (Jessie Eisenberg) and Jack Wilder (Dave Franco) are chosen to join a wealthy Arthur Tressler-backed operation called The 4 Horsemen (Michael Caine is Tressler) that plan to steal from various banks. The “magic” the team uses is really a series of advanced techniques of Hollywood magic, psy ops and other forms of smoke and mirrors.
Each of the stage acts are sent a Tarot card that is relevant to their act and persona. Eisenberg is sent a “lovers” card, Harrelson the “hermit,” Isla the “priestess,” and Fanco is sent “death.” The cards invite them to an abandoned apartment that…
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