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DVD Review


Magicians doing tricks doesn't seem like much of a premise for a rollercoaster ride of a thriller.

But that's not the case with Now You See Me, particularly given a cast that includes Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Mark Ruffalo, Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman.

Harrelson plays a 'mentalist' who hustles people out of money; Eisernberg is a slick trickster; Isla Fisher an escape artist and Dave Franco a street magician.

The so-called four horsemen are brought together by a mysterious calling card and soon we're launched into a team bringing us the world's best magic show, bankrolled by billionaire Arthur Tressler (Caine).

There are some great set pieces – a French man in the audience being 'teleported' from a Las Vegas stage to a Paris bank; and a show in New Orleans in which everyone's bank account is made bigger.


Trouble is, it's from Tressler's own dodgy bank account – and, double crossed, he enlists the help of Thaddeus Bradley (Freeman), a former magician who has devoted his life to showing up magicians and discovering their secrets.

Also on their trail are cops Dylan Rhodes (Ruffalo) and Alma Dray (Melanie Laurent).

It's fast moving, the stunts and scenes are excellent, and there's a delicious twist at the end, even if the climactic showdown is one of the weaker scenes in the movie.

It's all loud, bright and noisy, but it's a hell of a ride.

DVD extras: The Blu-ray has an extended version; 32 minutes of deleted scenes, alternate scenes and featurettes. Pretty decent.

> Mark Evans