Magicians are all the rage, if the existence of Burt Wonderstone and Now You See Me are anything to judge by. Sure, the former is a goofy satire about the world of modern performance magic (because that institution needed to be taken down a peg) – while the latter is the new heist-thriller from Incredible Hulk director Louis Leterrier. However, both involve mischief-making magicians.
The first Now You See Me trailer teased the premise of the flick: A group of illusionists pull a heist while seemingly performing on stage at the same time – leaving some very frustrated FBI agents trying to crack the case, by cracking the trick. Today’s trailer offers a bit more of the story – and actual thrills – the film offers. And true to the voice over, the more we see, the less we understand.
Initially it seemed like the ”Ocean’s 11′ with magicians’ comparisons were going to be as inevitable as they were accurate; however, this new trailer actually does intrigue with its unique visuals, and sequences that seem to suggest something science-fictiony or even supernatural could be at work. Then again, it could just be one hell of a scheme that Michael Atlas (Jesse Eisenberg) and his crew have planned out. The film is being done by Summit Entertainment (Twilight), which is not known for having well-funded visual effects. Does this film mark a new phase of bigger-budget investments?
The biggest risk with this type of movie is that the final reveal may turn out to be something of a disappointment, especially if it doesn’t hold up logically and/or deliver a payoff equal to the build up. The script was done by Ed Solomon (Charlie’s Angels), Boaz Yakin (Prince of Persia) and newcomer Edward Ricourt – so just factor that variable into the final equation when making up your mind about this flick.
Now You See Me has a pretty eclectic cast, including Esienberg (The Social Network), Mark Ruffalo (The Avengers), Isla Fisher (Wedding Crashers), Dave “Little James” Franco (21 Jump Street), Common (Hell On Wheels), Woody Harrelson (Hunger Games: Catching Fire), French actress Mélanie Laurent (Inglourious Basterds) and of course, veteran icons Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman.
Now You See Me will appear in theaters (to make your money vanish?) on May 31, 2013.
Source: Summit Entertainment