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By Sophia Whitfield

“First rule of magic, always be the smartest guy in the room.”

The film opens with Henley (Isla Fisher) handcuffed and chained whilst dropped into a tank full of water. She must exit the tank before it fills with Piranhas. This is a relatively small trick compared with the ones that follow.

Four magicians led by the enigmatic Atlas (Jesse Eisenberg) come together to execute a well put together plan. Together they make up The Four Horsemen. They go from performing their trick specialty to small crowds to playing for massive audiences in Las Vegas. Each one of The Four Horsemen has their own talent, from illusionist to pick pocket to mentalist. All of them are self assured.

Led by Atlas (Jesse Eisenberg), Isla Fisher, Woody Harrelson and James Franco make up The Four Horsemen. The high tech show fascinates audiences tempting their greed as they witness these illusionists miraculously rob a bank in Paris whilst remaining in Las Vegas  giving the money away to their audience. Fuelling the audience’s greed The Four Horseman’s subsequent show is packed. They continue to give the audience what they want robbing a white- collar criminal by taking money from his account and placing it into the accounts of audience members.

FBI Special Agent Dylan Hobbs (Mark Ruffalo) is onto this foursome and keen to take them down, but everywhere he looks is illusionary. Reality and illusion are blurred with Hobbs unable to get his hands on this motley crew. Teaming up with French Interpol detective Alma (Mélanie Laurent), Hobbs is immediately suspicious of her inside knowledge.

The Four Horsemen seem always a step ahead of the FBI. Sometimes what seems real is not. The Four Horsemen begin outclassing the FBI with their tricks of the trade.

Supporting this stellar cast is Morgan Freeman as the magician determined to find flaw with this new act and Michael Caine, The Four Horseman’s wealthy benefactor. The brilliant cast, put together with a fabulous script written by Ed Solomon (Men in Black), Boaz Yakin and Edward Ricourt brings energy and excitement to the screen.  Terrific action sequences and awesome special effects make this film well worth a trip to the cinema.

Now You See Me is released in cinemas across Australia today.

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