FILM: NOW YOU SEE ME
CAST: Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco, Melanie Laurent, Isla Fisher, Common, Michael Caine
DIRECTOR: LOUIS LETERRIER
The fascinating and alluring realm of professional illusionists provides a glittering backdrop for director Louis Letterier’s heist thriller ‘Now You See Me’, a love letter to the world of magic. Cops and criminals jockey for the upper hand as the film reveals ancient secrets and invents new ones, updating classic illusions and taking the audience on a journey that embraces the idea of the impossible. Four talented magicians mesmerize an international audience with a series of bold and original heists, all the while pursuing a hidden agenda that has the FBI and Interpol scrambling to anticipate their next move in ‘Now You See Me’, a visually alluring blend of illusions and action from director Louis Leterrier (‘Clash of the Titans’).
The Four Horsemen, a magic super-group led by the charismatic Atlas (Jesse Eisenberg), perform a pair of high-tech, high-profile magic shows, first amazing audiences by remotely robbing a Paris bank while in Las Vegas, and then exposing a white-collar criminal and funneling his millions into the audience members’ bank accounts, baffling the authorities with their intricately planned capers. FBI Special Agent Dylan Hobbs (Mark Ruffalo) is determined to make the magicians pay for their crimes – and to stop them before they pull off what promises to be an even more audacious heist. But he’s forced to partner with Alma (Mélanie Laurent), an Interpol detective about whom he is instantly suspicious. Out of desperation, he turns to Thaddeus (Morgan Freeman), a famed magic debunker, who claims the Paris bank trick was actually a meticulously planned illusion. Dylan and Alma begin to wonder if the Horsemen have an outside point person. If so, finding him (or her) would be the key to ending the magicians’ crime spree. But who could it be? Or could it really be… magic?
As pressure mounts and the world awaits the Horsemen’s spectacular final trick, Dylan and Alma race to stay one step ahead of the magicians. But it soon becomes clear that outmanoeuvring these masters of illusion is beyond the skills of any one man – or woman.
Screenwriter Edward Ricourt initially set out to write a classic heist film, but he was looking for a unique hook to set his story apart from the pack. “I started with the idea that it would be a Robin Hood tale where the real feat is not taking the money, but how it’s done,” he says. “What if the four greatest magicians in the world come together and become one big unstoppable unit? Together, they pull off the impossible.”
They’re back – Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, and David Spade re-team for summer fun in ‘Grown Ups 2’. Lenny (Sandler) has relocated his family back to the small town where he and his friends grew up.
This time around, the grown ups are the ones learning lessons from their kids on a day notoriously full of surprises: the last day of school.
Sandler’s most successful comedy in his long career, the 2010 film ‘Grown Ups’ took the box office by storm as audiences laughed their way to more than $260 million worldwide. Remarkably for a comedy star, Sandler has proven equally popular at home in his native United States and abroad – the film took in over $100 million overseas.
So, after more than ten years of blockbuster comedies, Sandler had done something he’s never done before: a sequel. Director Dennis Dugan, who helms his eighth Sandler film with ‘Grown Ups 2’, says that there are several reasons why the time is right.
“It was just exciting to bring everybody back together,” he says. “All the characters and relationships were so rich and funny, we knew there were lots more stories to be told. It’s like visiting old friends.” For Chris Rock, re-teaming with his fellow funny men meant the chance to be part of an especially funny movie. “It’s a playful competition,” he says. “I wanted to be funnier than Spade, Spade wants to be funnier than Kevin, and Kevin wants to be funnier than Adam. You just can’t help it, if you’re a comedian. But the positive side is that I think we really do make each other funnier.”