‘Now You See Me’ Trailer: Bank-Robbing Magicians Plan One Last Score

Published 2 years ago by , Updated March 14th, 2014 at 6:03 pm,

“Come in close, because the more you think you see, the easier it’ll be to fool you,” narrates Morgan Freeman as the veteran illusion debunker Thaddeus in the first trailer for Now You See Me.

That voiceover might bring back memories of Christian Bale’s “Are you watching closely?” from Christopher Nolan’s dueling illusionists film The Prestige – all the more so once Michael Caine shows up. However, this tale of professional do-daring magicians is an old-fashioned heist thriller infused with new life, courtesy of some flashy stage trickery (enhanced via the ‘magic’ of editing/special effects) and high-octane thrills directed by Louis Leterrier (The Transporter, Incredible Hulk, Clash of the Titans).

Now You See Me revolves around the exploits of The Four Horsemen – a group of Las Vegas magicians renowned for their hi-tech shows and mind-boggling stunts – brought to life by Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network), Isla Fisher (Wedding Crashers), Woody Harrelson (Hunger Games) and Dave Franco (21 Jump Street). However, these gifted con artists scale new heights when they pull off a stunt that involves exposing a white-collar criminal (Elias Koteas), ‘magically’ funneling his illicit millions of dollars from his Paris vault and showering their audience with the cash results. But will the Horsemen’s ‘final trick’ be even more impressive (not to mention, lucrative)?

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The ‘Four Horsemen’ in ‘Now You See Me’

Boaz Yakin (Prince of Persia, Safe) and relative newcomer Edward Ricourt share screen story and co-scripting credit on Now You See Me, with Ed Solomon (Men in Black, Charlie’s Angels) also receiving credit for the screenplay. However, there have been reports that Josh Appelbaum and André Nemec handled script revisions, which is encouraging – given how capable they proved at creating an interesting team player dynamic in Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol – and also makes sense, as the duo’s former Alias co-showrunners (Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci) co-produced Leterrier’s latest flick.

Mark Ruffalo (The Avengers) costars as FBI special agent Dylan Hobbs, the man determined to stop the Four Horsemen in their tracks. Mélanie Laurent (Inglourious Basterds) plays Hobbs’ newly-assigned partner; meanwhile, Freeman (as indicated before) is a fellow with insider knowledge that might bring the Horsemen down. But could either (or both) of these mysterious players be secretly in cahoots with the thieving magicians?

If you want the answer, you’ll have to see the film – which, judging by early trailer footage, looks like a well-constructed and exhilarating cinematic thrill ride (though, perhaps one as logic-defying and preposterous as its predecessors). In the meantime, here is the official poster:


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Now You See Me opens in theaters on June 7th, 2013.

Source: Yahoo! Movies

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  1. I actually wanna see this looks like fun. The trailer had me interested and the story is intriguing. Plus it has a great. And I’ll see anything with hulk in it.

    • they’re gonna lose..the police have a HULK!

  2. cool

  3. You had me until Dave Franco. Did James turn it down? Cause he’s the only one of the two with any talent. Dave’s scenes in 21 Jumpstreet were cringe worthy.

  4. Sandy, I guess that is supposed to be “White-collar” and not “While-collar”!?

    This actually looks like it could really be some fun. It’s good to see Isla Fisher again. Also, since “The Social Network” Jesse Eisenberg really seems to be having a very different film presence. A good leading man. He even looks different. although, I’m not sure if it actually how he looks or just some new swagger he’s got going on, but he certainly seems different to that guy that you’d recognise in all the geeky roles.

    • Whoops, my bad, it’s been corrected.

      Thanks for catching that.

      • Also, it’s Elias Koteas, not Korteas…

  5. Saw the trailer in theaters. I am definitely looking forward to see it.

  6. Wow, this looks good, cant believe i havent heard of it until today with the cast that is in it. This just came out of the blue and made it onto my most anticipated list for 2013.

  7. It’s like Zombieland raped The Prestige and this is what was born..

    • Haha. YES

  8. looks fun. great cast.

  9. Looks great. Cant wait.

  10. Fantastic cast. Looks like a cross between The Prestige and the Oceans films.

  11. It’s kind of annoying that the movie looks pretty much done but they’re making us wait until the summer.

  12. Looks extremely promising, I just hope it doesn’t get dragged down by excessive special effects and too over-the-top tricks. I’m not expecting it to be anything like The Prestige, but part of what made that movie great was that the tricks were very grounded, very real – if in this movie they just have the team pull of ridiculous heists and justify it only on the grounds that “it’s magic”, it’ll take away a lot of the cool factor.

    Scenes in trailer cut from one to another a bit too fast for my liking but I’ll really be looking forward to this one.

  13. Let’s hope the film lives up to the trailer.

  14. Now this looks like it has serious potential. The trailer is certainly strong. It would be nice to see this film lead off the 2013 Spring season with a March debut.

    For the fellow I.B.M.’rs posting here, what do you think?

  15. UPDATE – According to the IMDB listing the realse date is June 7TH.

  16. Interest piqued.

  17. This actually looks like it could be pretty good.

  18. This has to be one of the worst films I’ve seen in recent memory. Even now I’m still trying to think of the good things to say about this film if any. If I was to pick a highlight in the film it would be Woody Harrelson, whose on screen presence adds some interest and comedic value to the story but apart from that this film was pretty much downhill from the moment it started.

    The motives for the characters are half baked and there is no build up to any of the plot points. Everything is rushed and gives off a this film is too smart for you to understand vibe when it really isn’t. Every scene consists of constant blabbing and for the amount of dialogue in each scene none of it is worth remembering. The main problem I had with the film is the over all story or lack of. Maybe the screen writers ran out of ideas and just thought to themselves “Lets throw in another plot twist for good measure”.

    It’s surprising that such a good cast would agree to be in such a poor film and that so many people on IMDb gave it a good review. If you want to see a good magic themed film then watch the Prestige or the Illusionist as they are well written, tense and enjoyable films compared to Now You See Me, which is just a mess. Don’t waste your money on it.