A group of magicians are brought together by a mystery man to perform elusive tricks and Robin Hood-esque acts. Meanwhile the FBI is on their pursuit, trying to stop their criminal activities.
I’ve been meaning to watch this film for as long as it’s out and finally got around to it. And it didn’t¬†disappoint. The film is a visual extravaganza. An array of memorable cast members march in and take control of this mind-f*ck of a story. The script ¬†certainly has its plotholes, but it doesn’t attempt to fix them because the film itself is supposed to be a magic trick for the audience.
Mark Ruffalo as FBI Agent Dylan Rhodes excels in his role and is beautifully supported by charming, yet indifferent Melanie Laurent’s character, as Interpol partner Alma Dray. Morgan Freeman brings a nice touch on this film with his ability to portray a wounded bird, as ex-Magician, Thaddeus Bradley.
Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher, Dave Franco and Woody Harrelson make the enchanting ensemble and are brilliant in their roles for capturing our attention and creating the illusion, as the Four Horsemen, the group who does all the mischief.
Louis Leterrier’s direction, aside for a few exceptions, does a decent job in his position, although there is no cinematic spectacle owed to his artistic hands.
The script runs smoothly and is intriguing, yet it feels as if there’s a lot more behind the story than it is ever let on, even during the post credit scene, which makes the sequel all the more mandatory for understanding the purpose behind this peculiar story.
I read my share of this movies reviews and while people point out great aspects that were problematic, I will quote something from Jesse Eisenberg’s character, J. Daniel Atlas “Come closer [...] The more you think you see, the easier it will be to fool you”. You see, people, the more you analyse this film, the more you lose track of what it’s all about. And in the end, repeating myself, it’s all about fooling you, mind-blowing you, tricking you. You, the audience. You are part of the spectacle and that’s what make this film so special.
As for the Illuminati readings some are so vehement about…that’s a discussion for another post.
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