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Morgan Freeman, Isla Fisher, Mark Ruffalo, Dave Franco, Woody Harrelson, Michael Caine, Jesse Eisenberg, Mélanie Laurent, Common, Elias Koteas, David Warshofsky, J. LaRose, Caitriona Balfe

Four mediocre break out magicians, J. Daniel Atlas (Jesse Eisenberg), Merrit McKinney (Woody Harrelson), Henley Reeves (Isla Fisher) and Jack Wilder (Dave Franco) {thought he looked a bit familiar–he’s the baby brother of James Franco) are suddenly give an invitation to a mysterious meeting. When they arrive, they find out they are all going to work together to become the worlds greatest magic act, The Four Horsemen. A year later, in Las Vegas, they successfully pull off a robbery of a bank in Paris using a random guys selected from the audience, and give the money to the folks in the audience. FBI Agent Dylan Rhodes (Mark Ruffalo) is partnered with Alma Day (Melanie Laurent), an Interpol Agent, to try to figure out how they did it, and how they can be charged with the crime. They call on Thaddeus Bradley (Morgan Freeman) a famous magician who learned he could make even more money debunking the fraud magicians rather than performing magic himself, who helps them figure out and explain the performances. But as time goes by the action gets more intense, and the more they think they know, the more they find out that they don’t know anything. This turns in to a masterful cat and mouse chase as things escalate to an amazing finale.

This was a really exciting movie. I enjoyed this one very much. The tricks they did were masterfully pulled off, and there are so many twists and turns and red herrings, that you really are not even sure what’s real and what isn’t. I kept thinking I had it all figured out in time to find out I knew nothing either. This is a fast paced film, that leaves you breathless as they barely escape time after time. Nothing is what it seems, and as in any good magic show, we, the audience, are fooled time and time again. The performances are really well done. With this magnificent cast, how could it be any less than wonderful? A great story, with a lot of action and speed, as well as some really well thought out diversions. I highly recommend this movie! I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it.

EdG – EdsReview Dot Com – A Movie Review Blog



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