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Sodas & Popcorn – Movie Review: Now You See Me

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now_you_see_me_ver3_xlgWhen it comes to magicians you definitely won’t see our next ‘trick-move’ coming, unless you pay close attention. But the thing is, the closer you think you are, the less you’ll actually see.

I am guessing you, our dear readers were lost for a minute there. I am really sorry guys, but lets just say the movie to be reviewed today, Now You See Me left its mark on me. So let’s get right to the review.

*pops smoke*

The Synopsis
Now You See Me tells the story of four street tricksters/magicians who are assembled by an anonymous sponsor who has them performing on large stages under the name “The Four Horsemen”. But not only are the four horsemen performing magic shows to please the crowd and change the world in their own little way, they are also trying to make it into the mythical/legendary order of magicians called ‘The Eye’.

To make it into The Eye, the four horsemen must first magically break into a bank’s vault in Paris & empty it while performing a show in Las-Vegas, Steal from their rich sponsor and give it to members of their audience (I wonder why they weren’t called The Robin Hoods™) and lastly, they are supposed to discredit Thaddeus Bradley played by the legendary Morgan Freeman, an ex-magician who goes around uncovering the tricks employed by other magicians.

Now that’s a ‘To-Do’ list with a full plate.

The Script
Now You See Me is a mind juggler which for an inpatient mind will get you tripped off quit early into the movie and have you checking your wrist watch and the exit more often than you can count. In fact, I predict with my magical instincts that if you could, you would skip through the scenes till you get to the end credits. Yeah, Merrit just happens to be my middle-name. But then like I said, if you are patient, this will be a very enjoyable movie for you.

Boaz Yakin most familiar for writing other movies like Safe and Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, Ed Solomon known for Men In Black and Charlie’s Angel, and writing new comer Edward Ricourt which this happens to be his first familiar project all crafted the story and script for this movie and for starters; I felt like they were going for shock value. They just wanted to jolt the audience which is the idea of a crime thriller and they did get what they wanted, but they went too far. Simply without dropping spoilers; if I was the one pulling the strings I wouldn’t be as heavily involved to the point of getting my ass whooped and almost dying in a car explosion just to see things through. I think they didn’t know what to do at some point while writing the movie and decided while passing blunts to give it to the hulk.

The Directing
French film director Louis Leterrier whose most famous films include the first two Transporter movies, The Incredible Hulk and Clash of the Titans remake did a remarkable job in putting this together. The lightning, the effects both on stage and off stage, the CGI…a clean blend. It is definitely one of his better works till date.

The Acting
A circus of Jesse Eisenberg, Morgan Freeman, Woody Harrelson, Mark Ruffalo, Isla Fisher, Dave Franco and Micheal Caine. Not like they were all super spectacular in their roles but none failed to please. I would say Woody as Merrit McKinney was a personal favourite. Jesse has always been one to portray the smart-but-cocky-blabbermouth and I feel like Hollywood is starting to put Jesse Eisenberg in a box. His two major and most popular movies (this one and Social Network) has him playing the characters which seem quite identical. He could use some reinventing, some stepping out of his comfort zone to show the whole world there’s more to him.

My personal highlight in the movie was the exchange of banter and threats between Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman. I’m just here wondering who is gonna act Morgan Freeman’s roles when he leaves us.

The Verdict

This earns a Soda and Hotdog.

Sodas & Popcorn Rating3
Good movie. It’s fun and I recommend you go see it, but some little screws here and there were loose. Looking forward to a way better sequel.

Thanks for reading the review and if you have seen the movie, please don’t forget to drop a comment below and lets know what you think. Thanks!

The Ratings
Traffic Popcorn-1/5
Popcorn & Water-2/5
Popcorn & Hotdog-3/5
Popcorn & Soda-4/5
Popcorn, Soda & Hotdog-5/5
This review is brought to you by Sodas & Popcorn ……. We watch movies, so you (don’t) have to.

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19 Comments

  1. Redlips

    October 9, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    It is a wow movie. Nothing beats this movie for me from start to finish i was thrilled. Am giving a standing ovation to this movie and its a must watch i must confess

    • ColorMeePurple

      October 9, 2013 at 1:55 pm

      I agree! Great stuff!! “We are the four horsemen.”

    • og

      October 10, 2013 at 10:32 pm

      I totally agree

  2. fiesty chic

    October 9, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    this movie was good and i didnt see any ‘loose screws’. i don’t think its patience they would need but to really listen to each dialogue because once you don’t , you will loose a lot on what the movie is about.

  3. ipheellusion

    October 9, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    Super-awesome movie ! Its magical ..I won’t agree with the loose ends until you specifically stated

  4. jcsgrl

    October 9, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    Imma see this on cable…heard it was really good

  5. Adeleke

    October 9, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    All I could see was ONE EYE *screaming* ILLUMINATTI!

  6. Moi

    October 9, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    Popcorn and Hotdog???? Its worth Popcorn & Soda. Like seriously

  7. That African Chic

    October 9, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    Hi, nice review but I found it a bit too generic, your review that is. Like you mentioned that there were a few loose screws and I thought it would have been great of you actually mentioned what they were. Also I feel you exaggerated when you said one would understand the movie if they were impatient. I don’t think this is true because apart from the awesome dialogues, the action scenes where they performed mind blowing magic acts would def keep you on your seat.
    I am also surprised you mentioned that Jesse Eisenberg was being put in a box but you rather praised Morgan Freeman for his role. For me I think Morgan plays the same role in every movie: the know it all guy who has some sort of authority.
    I just had to go there since I am a fan of Jesse, he’s quirky, witty and there’s just something off about him I like

    • Redlips

      October 10, 2013 at 3:35 pm

      You must has read my mine. i find no screw loose or whatsoever. The movie is simply unique. I jus luv it as its d movie of d yr to me

  8. jinkelele

    October 9, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    loved it! watched it on the plane. Better than the other movie I watched “Heat”
    Popcorn, soda and a hotdog cos I didnt see the twist at the end coming

  9. Nnenna S

    October 9, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    wow….am a movie person and enjoy fast paced thrillers, and I tell u this is the best movie I have seen in a while. Enjoyed every minute of it, even had to start recommending it to every one at work who wants to enjoy a good movie. Popcorn and soda

  10. Myne Whitman

    October 9, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    One of my best movies of the year.

  11. 'K!

    October 9, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    the movie is a 10/10 for me……suspense filled…couldn’t imagine the next thing that would have happened

  12. Lizzie

    October 9, 2013 at 10:29 pm

    i agree with other comments oh, can’t tell where the loose screws were. loved the movie, it’s a good one.

  13. LadyE

    October 10, 2013 at 11:22 am

    What I find fascinating the most about this movie is that it’s quite different from other movies that have recently been released….who would have thought of such a brilliant idea for a movie! Although at some point I regret sleeping off while I watched it at the cinema but trust me, the moment I woke up, my eyes were as clear as could be after realising what I had missed and I was glued on the movie till the end which for me had the major highlight of the movie. A movie filled with twists and thrills…Would def watch it again! A popcorn and soda for me!

  14. frances

    October 10, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    I absolutely loved it when I watched it. Loved d part whr
    Morgan Freeman discovered he was being played all along.nice twist!
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  15. tusheghe

    October 12, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    great movie… best magical movie in 2013 to me

  16. Rithwik 007

    November 22, 2013 at 10:21 pm

    Its a good film.Engaging and thrilling,but also leaves us confused in parts.Its good nd actually deserves Popcorn&Soda…

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