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Illusions of grandeur

OUT NOW! NOW YOU SEE ME is big on sleight of hand, but too slight on story.

Sorcery or trickery? Whatever its disguise, thaumaturgy pulls the punters, and when a group of variously skilled con-men-magicians rob a Paris bank whilst standing on a Vegas stage, well: the mind just boggles. Convoked by a mysterious string-puller, the group’s subsequent antics flummox the FBI, other magicians and various crooked businessmen (hint). But there is more to magic than misdirection, and the backstory developing behind some spectacular special effects needs a bit more oooooh!

Now You See Me | Directed by Louis Leterrier (France, USA 2013) with Mark Ruffalo, Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher, Dave Franco. Starts July 11. 

Originally published in Issue #118, July/August 2013.