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"Now You See Me" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Chris Heinonen

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Synopsis

The Four Horsemen, a magic super-group led by the charismatic J. Daniel Atlas (Eisenberg), perform a pair of high-tech, high-profile magic shows. First amazing audiences by remotely robbing a Paris bank while in Las Vegas, and then exposing a white-collar criminal and funneling his millions into the audience members' bank accounts, baffling the authorities. FBI Special Agent Dylan Rhodes (Ruffalo) is determined to make the magicians pay for their crimes—and to stop them before they pull off what promises to be an even more audacious heist. But he's forced to partner with Alma (Laurent), an Interpol detective about whom he is instantly suspicious. Out of desperation, he turns to a famed magic debunker, who claims the Paris bank trick was actually a meticulously planned illusion. Dylan and Alma begin to wonder if the Horsemen have an outside point person. If so, finding him (or her) would be the key to ending the magicians' crime spree. But who could it be? Or…could it really be…magic?

Specifications

  • Studio: Lionsgate
  • 2013, Color, PG-13
  • 1 Hour, 55 Minutes
  • 2.40:1, 1080p
  • DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 English
  • Starring: Mark Ruffalo, Jesse Eisenberg, Morgan Freeman
  • Directed By Louis Leterrier
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: No
  • Language: Yes

Commentary

Now You See Me provides a good, enjoyable time. Just like the FBI agents in the film, you spend the whole time trying to keep up with what is going on and who the real targets of the magicians are. The acting is often a bit over-the-top as the actors seem to have some fun with the roles. As with almost any movie dealing with magic, you'll have to check your logical mind behind much of the time, but overall you'll enjoy yourself while you watch it.

Technical

Overall the presentation of Now You See Me is first rate. Some of the darker scenes can be a bit murky but typically shadow detail is good. All daytime and other well-lit scenes look fantastic, with bold, bright colors and great detail. The soundtrack is superb in all aspects with clear vocals, excellent use of the surrounds for ambient effects, and action sequences that put every channel to use. Overall a first-rate presentation.

Extras

A Directors Cut with 10 minutes of extra footage, director and producers commentary, deleted scenes and a pair of featurettes. DVD and Ultraviolet copies of the film are also included.