Our review and a chat with star Jesse Eisenberg
The closer you look, the less you’ll see.
In Now You See Me four talented magicians–Daniel (Jesse Eisenberg), Merritt (Woody Harrelson), Henley (Isla Fisher) and Jack (Dave Franco)–all get mysteriously summoned by a tarot card to the same location. Who has brought them together? What’s it all for?
Fast forward a year later, when the group becomes “The Four Horsemen” and starts to pull off daring heists that are much more than your classic rabbit out of hat. It starts with robbing a bank: a bit of a Robin Hood act, for the good of the people. But it doesn’t end there.
The FBI gets involved immediately. Suddenly they’re playing a game of cat and mouse with illusionists who seem to be ahead of them at every turn. Agent Dylan Rhodes (Mark Ruffalo) is convinced that they’re frauds and need to put behind bars before they scam any more people. But the public loves them. And perhaps there is more to the “tricks” they’re pulling than meets the eye.
Be prepared for a ton of twists along the way. Don’t try to look for them, though. Because…the closer you look, the less you’ll see.
Here’s the run down on Now You See Me:
Action: As expected, there are a ton of chase scenes (hence the cat and mouse reference), jumping off of buildings and more, that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
Comedy: Woody Harrelson. One word: hilarious. Both he and Jesse Eisenberg provide a bit of comic relief from all the tension.
Magic: Do you like trying to figure out how they did it when you see a magic trick performed? Be prepared to be blown away by what this movie reveals about their ultimate illusions.
On Wednesday, May 29 the red carpet was rolled out and photographers and fans were standing by as star Jesse Eisenberg, who plays the alpha male leader of “The Four Horseman” came to Toronto for the premiere of Now You See Me.
Faze caught up with Jesse on the red carpet to find out what drew him to work on the film and his past experience with magic.
What was it like working with such an amazing cast?
Jesse Eisenberg: It was great. It was like the ideal to perform in a movie like this. To be surrounded by the greatest actors in the world and we were playing the best magicians so it was important that we brought ourselves to it. We were doing these live shows for big audiences so it was important that we would improvise and keep it fresh for the audience so it was kind of necessary for such a great cast.
What is about this movie that makes it stand out from other magic/illusion based films already out there?
JE: This movie is like one of those rare things that all the twists and turns and plot surprises are actually exciting and it’s the kind of movie where you’re watching and you can’t figure out exactly what the answers are and by the end you kick yourself like, “Oh why didn’t I see that the whole time?” When I was reading it, it seemed like a really thrilling experience.
Have you always been into magic since a young age, is that why you did this movie?
JE: I was always interested in magic, but also frustrated by it because I didn’t know how it was done, so when I got to play the part of this guy who knows every trick in the book it kind of a relief to play because I didn’t have to go on not knowing how things are done.
Which magicians did you model your performance after? Any famous magicians, David Copperfield, Criss Angel?
JE: Yeah like if you look at Copperfield you see like this real intensity and showmanship that the director wanted me to kind of be more like that rather than David Blaine who appears more casual.