CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- "Now You See Me" is a marvelous, star-studded movie with twists, turns and lots of cash. This dazzling hour-and-56-minute movie is all about "look over here while something is happening over there."
In it, four separate magicians become bonded through one mastermind pulling the strings. Each illusionist has a different "power."
J. Daniel Atlas (Jesse Eisenberg, "The Social Network") is the ringleader and the biggest star of the show. Merritt McKinney (Woody Harrelson, "The Hunger Games") is the mind reader. Henley Reeves (Isla Fisher, "The Great Gatsby"), the only girl of the group, is an escape artist. Last but not least is Jack Wilder (Dave Franco, "Warm Bodies"), a newbie to magic who catches on fast with the help of the group.
The mastermind running the plan is a mystery, and you will be fooled about who it really is.
This gang of illusionists takes their show to big cities, but it's not your normal "watch me shake my hand up here while the bunny goes down into a separate hatch." No, they rob banks during their show.
This leads to FBI agent Dylan Rhodes (Mark Ruffalo, "The Avengers") and Interpol agent Alma Dray (Melanie Laurent, "Inglourious Basterds") hunting them down. They're helped by former illusionist Thaddeus Bradley (Morgan Freeman), who breaks down magicians' tricks on his own TV show. He shows them where they should be looking when they are looking somewhere else.
I thought this movie was riveting. It has a rough, slow start, but then the magicians all show off their talents, and that's where it gets interesting. Just as you think you are going to have to keep up with all these magicians' own storylines, they all decide to come together, and things take a big turn -- for the best.
As the rest of the movie goes on, the plot seems to be the same old thing -- the "Four Horseman" going to their gigs, robbing banks and giving the money to people in need -- until, BAM! Another twist! And then you're in your brain trying to churn out the possible details of the next scene.
"Now You See Me" is a great movie for teens and even families with more mature children. It's rated PG-13, and some scenes have suggestive language that you might not want to expose your younger ones to.
It is something to see and would make for a great weekend movie with friends. It's even great for a girl's night out.