Every year there are a few brilliant movies that get swept under the rug after the theatrical release. is one of those. Sure, it spent one week at the top of the box office, but this film deserves so much more.
This is what I gathered from the trailer: four magicians take a page from Robin Hood and use their talents to give back to the less fortunate. That alone would have made for an interesting story but there is SO much more to it. The tricks they do, the targets they choose ... everything seems perfectly planned and plotted in this movie without EVER coming across predictable. In fact, it's the complete opposite. The beginning of the movie kind of challenges you to try to figure out what they'll do next but I never once successfully guessed. Stories that keep me on my toes = instant win for me. I also love how every trick was logically explained. While I probably still would have enjoyed it, I think leaving it all up in the air would have given the movie a sense of cheesiness.
The casting was perfect. Woody Harrelson is great with basically any part but he especially succeeds with the cocky, wise-cracking smartass characters, much like the one he plays in this movie. Jesse Eisenberg is adorable and I was happy to see him pull off a confident persona rather than the stammering, introverted characters he's used to playing. I'm still not a huge fan of Dave Franco but he won me over a little in this role; his fight scene is so kick-ass. But the movie would not have been as great as it is without Mark Ruffalo playing the determined agent trying to bust the Four Horsemen and Morgan Freeman playing the determined skeptic trying to debunk their act. Their performances definitely gave the movie an edge of intensity.
Magic tricks! Fight scenes! An epic car chase! Humor! This movie! THIS MOVIE YOU GUYS! It combines a smart story with the elements of a blockbuster and the execution is flawless. I have to urge you all to go see it sometime soon. It's DEFINITELY worth the ridiculously overpriced tickets and popcorn!
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