Now You See Me talks about the principle of magic in many ways: some say it's to inspire, to entertain and to delight, some say it's nothing but targeted deception, some say it can be made with heart and a simple touch, like the ritual that was performed after the great Lionel Shrike passed away. Some say that there's no such thing as magic and there never will be. They're heartless. Movies like these are what make you think about them. Fortunately, the movie is not just a big lesson on magic. The story is brilliant: Four of the best actors out there join forces in becoming the first magicians to rob a bank. There's the leader and control freak, the escape artist, the hypnotist, and the lock picker. In one of their performances, they do just that and gives it all away in a shower of Euro's from France. This is a blast for the audience, but not so for the FBI who are both trying to find out who did it and keep an eye on the magicians, who they can't detain or else they're admitting they believe in magic, and who seem to be ahead of them at every turn.
Behind this is a mystery of who brought them together before, a hooded one who gave them invitation cards with spiritual patterns. What's not to like? This is not going to effect the grade, but Isla Fisher nearly drowned during a stunt in a tank where she was supposed to act like she was stuck when she was stuck. Good thing it turned out okay. The very movie has as much tension as Isla must have felt. The movie also does pretty much everything that's hard to do well. It's fun without needing a monstrous antagonist buried under mounds of CGI. It has a protagonist that can be creepy, for instance saying he'll find your number, yet cool. It gives hope that magic can be real. There are so many surprises you may have to see it more than once to keep track. The best thing it does though, is have a ton of close calls with the authorities and The Four Horsemen have fun making their getaway. Such rare elements.