‘Now You See Me’ Trailer and Movie Speculation
For my first trick…
As an amateur magician, I always sit up and take notice at movies about magicians. Sure, many of the illusions will be the result of movie trickery and CGI, but the effect is similar. I’ll still be amazed. Some recent movies about magicians you might remember include “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone” (I didn’t see it, but Robert wasn’t impressed), “The Illusionist” (I thought it was rather bland, especially in comparison to “The Prestige”) and “The Prestige” (Christian Bale, Hugh Jackman, Michael Caine and David Bowie as Nikola Tesla=amazing).
I’m not sure how “Now You See Me” will compare to the above, but from watching the trailer, I’m pretty excited about it. I also know that, due to its subject matter, my predictions about the plot of “Now You See Me” will probably be pretty far off the mark. Stage magic, after all, is all about trickery and misdirection.
Our narrator (and it’s no surprise) is Morgan Freeman. He tells us, “Come in closer. Because the more you think you see, the easier it’ll be to fool you.” Right off the bat, I’m going to predict that Morgan is helping the magician-thieves. His whole “helping the FBI/Mark Ruffalo’s character” deal will be an illusion. Magic is all about misdirection, getting your audience to look left while you do something sneaky to the right. Having Morgan talk to Michael Cain/Bank Owner and Mark Ruffalo/Police-type Guy, in the context of magic, makes me think he’s with the foursome.
And what a foursome it is. Isla Fisher, Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson and Dave Franco (who I definitely thought was his brother, when I first saw this trailer). Jesse and Woody have acted together before (in “Zombieland“), and I thought they worked well together. Jesse comes off as the aggressively-intelligent nerd (especially when he escapes his handcuffs and puts them on Ruffalo’s wrists). Isla, no doubt, plays the sultry redhead, and I don’t have a read on Dave yet, though that’s partially because he doesn’t play a very large role in this trailer. As far as the plot goes, we get that laid out for us pretty clearly (though Morgan’s warning means that what we think we know is probably not at all what’s really going on).
As part of their act, this foursome of magicians robs a bank, the bank Michael Cain’s character owns/operates/is in charge of in some capacity, and does so to the tune of $140 million. (That’s enough to net you Tony Stark’s house, plus a hefty chunk of change left over.) According to Morgan, the robbery was only a distraction while they set up the real trick, and Michael has a good point: stealing $140 million is a heck of a distraction (especially when you don’t keep any of it for yourself). As to what that real trick is…you’ve got me. Are the Four Horsemen doing real magic? Is Morgan actually on the magicians’ side (or perhaps his own)? Is Isla Fisher secretly a mermaid?
Maybe the magicians aren’t stealing anything at all. Maybe they’ve secretly gotten a lot of money in some sort of legal way, and then give it away while temporarily moving Michael Caine’s money? I admit that last one would be a bit of a stretch, but wouldn’t making someone think you’ve stolen their money only to make it “reappear” later on be a neat trick?
Honestly, I’m not sure, and I’m not sure what’s waiting in store for us when “Now You See Me” comes to theaters May 31, but I’m ready to be amazed. Hopefully I’m right to be.