Director: Louis Leterrier
Writers: Edward Ricourt Boaz Yakin, Ed Solomon
Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher, Dave Franco, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine
Length: 115 min
Strength: Witty dialogues, cast
Weakness: Unconvincing plot
Star Showbiz Rating: 3.5
Plot: A quartet of magicians pull off bank heists during their performances and shower their audiences with the money while an FBI agent and an Interpol detective track them down.
Review: After receiving a cryptic tarot card beckoning escape artist Henley Reeves, hypnotist/mentalist Merritt McKinney, Daniel Atlas and Jack Wilder to a New York loft space, the quartet popularly known as the Four Horsemen embark on an elaborate revenge plot involving intricate bank heists. The magicians are portrayed as narcissists who think of themselves as the best in their trade. Mark Ruffalo plays the FBI Agent (Dylan Rhodes) who is forever trailing behind Bradley (Morgan Freeman) who is a TV personality famous for exposing the secret tricks used by magicians. Throughout the movie, there are hints of a possible ‘Fifth Horseman’ and an air of open-mouthed confusion, which drags on until the very end. The plot naturally uplifts our expectations from this movie, as it involves magic and bank heists at the same time. Whether it succeeded to live up to those expectations is rather subjective. But one thing is for sure; this movie is entertaining from beginning to end and probably is worth a second viewing. The director shoots even the simplest scenes with multiple cameras swirling around the actors, which can result in visual monotony sometimes.
Review by Sadia Khalid