Illusionist J. Daniel Atlas (Jesse Eisenberg), scape artist Henley Reeves (Isla Fisher), mentalist Merritt McKinney (Woody Harrelson), and street magician Jack Wilder (Dave Franco) have been brought together by a tarot card to an apartment where they are introduced to a set of blueprints. Fast forward a year later, The Four Horsemen, as they now call themselves, rob a bank and they manage to make it appear on the stage; seemingly fooling the crowd and the FBI in the process. So now it is the job of FBI agent Dylan Rhodes (Mark Ruffalo) and Interpol agent Alma Dray (Mélanie Laurent) to solve the puzzle and catch the group of magicians before their next trick.
From beginning to end Now You See Me is one heck of an entertaining movie. Albeit you need a certain level of believe to really get into the movie. The magic behind the movie is often done with the help of CGI, but even then it is all well put together on the screen that you often don’t mind these “enhancements” if you want to call them that. The story is pieced together quite well that it doesn’t give too much away until the big reveal in the climax of the film.
There are a few problems with the story, but these problems really lie more in the actual sequence of events that lead The Four Horsemen to a successful heist. It is here that the film requires a certain grade of believability. However, the story always remains smart and develops well as it moves on working through the complex and yet astonishing set of illusions.
To be quite honest, the film will definitely lose its magic with consecutive viewings. By the end of the film everything is revealed so watching it again really allows you to see through the whole thing. Despite all of this, I still find Now You See Me entertaining even though it will have to be some time before I can sit down and watch it again.
Now You See Me arrives on Blu-ray with a 1080p MPEG4-AVC with an aspect ratio of 2.40:1. The film is predominantly dark for the majority of the time and I will say the black colors are very deep and inky. A few scenes do find themselves slightly overwhelmed but it is not a rampant issue. Colors appear very natural with blues standing out. Flesh tones are spot on most of the time; however, there is some inconsistency in a few scenes where they appear warmer than usual. There’s no banding or crushing detected. Overall, Now You See Me looks great on Blu-ray.
Now You See Me arrives with a spanking 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio lossless track. The dialogue is clean and clear with no signs of distortion. The rears and surrounds are always providing some type of ambience or atmospheric effects. Some of the scenes like those of the magic shows really make the track come alive. The LFE output is very accurate. Directionality in the fronts is excellent. Dynamic range also works very well. I can’t complaint with the quality of the track.
Audio Commentary – featuring Producer Bobby Cohen and Director Louis Leterrier
Now You See Me Revealed – The filmmakers and the cast talk about the film themes, the story, and the tricks behind the film.
A Brief History of Magic – Magician David Kwong gives us a quick lesson of the history of magic.
Surprisingly Louis Leterrier’s directional efforts in Now You See Me were solid, delivering a very smart and entertaining flick. The story, its characters, and the overall themes are all very satisfying. The magic is there and despite the few flaws, Now You See Me remains a solid film. The Blu-ray looks and sounds great and the supplements are also worth the time, so this title comes as highly recommended!