Director conjures up a whole lot of magic

Now You See Me starring Dave Franco as Jack Wilder, Jesse Eisenberg as J Daniel Atlas, Isla Fisher as Henley Reeves and Woody Harrelson as Merritt McKinney PA Photo/Entertainment One.
Now You See Me starring Dave Franco as Jack Wilder, Jesse Eisenberg as J Daniel Atlas, Isla Fisher as Henley Reeves and Woody Harrelson as Merritt McKinney PA Photo/Entertainment One.

Nothing is what it seems in Louis Letterier’s game of cat and mouse between four crowd-pleasing Las Vegas illusionists and the FBI.

Every narrative twist could be a double-bluff, every failure a carefully orchestrated diversion and every flirtation a calculated exercise in audience manipulation.

The prologue introduces us to close-up conjurer Daniel Atlas (Jesse Eisenberg), escapologist Henley Reeves (Isla Fisher), mentalist Merrit McKinney (Woody Harrelson) and street magician Jack Wilder (Dave Franco), who are successful in their own fields, dazzling small audiences with their showmanship.

Each performer receives a Tarot card and as instructed, the quartet arrives at an apartment in New York, where a dazzling light show reveals an illusion that will stun the world.

Ignore the gaping plot holes and Now You See Me is a lot of fun. The script trades heavily on the sniping banter between the four magicians, who always seem to be one step ahead of the FBI and the authorities. Action scenes are orchestrated at full pelt including an explosive car chase and a night-time race across rooftops.