I know i have been late.Just finished watching the film.I should say i thoroughly enjoyed it despite its minor flaws.This caper crime thriller is directed by Louis Leterrier and stars an ensemble cast that includes Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Mélanie Laurent, Isla Fisher, Dave Franco,Michael Caine, and Morgan Freeman.
The movie is based on four street magicians who all receive an anonymous card informing them to meet at some place.We don’t know who brought them together but next thing we see is them performing a big night at the Las Vegas in the name of “FOUR HORSEMEN”.Michael Caine plays the role of their benefactor Arthur Tressler.They in the presence of live audience robs a bank in Paris and the audience are all cheers.Among the audience is Thaddeus Bradley(Morgan Freeman) and his attractive lady assistant.Morgan Freeman by the way earns a living by exposing the secrets of other magicians.Meanwhile the horsemen gets arrested by the FBI.Dylan rhodes(Mark Rufallo) is to investigate the case.He is assisted by Alma Dray(Melanie Laurent), a beautiful agent from the INTERPOL.The horsemen were freed from the custody due to the lack of proper evidence.Dylan approaches Thaddeus to get a brief on how the horsemen did the trick.
Dylan,Alma and Thaddeus attend the horsemens’ next performance in New Orleans. The group’s finale involves them stealing a meaty $140 million from their benefactors bank account and distributing it to the audience, composed of people whose insurance claims had been denied or reduced by Arthur Tresslers(the benefactor) company. Dylan attempts to arrest the Four Horsemen, but they escape with help from hypnotised audience members. An infuriated Arthur hiresThaddeus to expose the Horsemen in their next performance. Later, while researching the Four Horsemen’s background,Alma learns about rumors of a secret society of magicians called “The Eye”, who steal from the rich and powerful to give to the needy, and suggests to a skeptical Dylan the case might be tied to a magician named Lionel Shrike, whom Thaddeus had exposed 30 years earlier and who was so embarrassed that he undertook a dangerous underwater stunt involving a safe, and accidentally drowned.
The Horsemen are located in New York, but they escape during the raid to arrest them; however, Jack wilder(one of the four horsemen played by Dave Franco) is killed when he crashes a stolen car and it bursts into flames and explodes. The remaining Horsemen vow to continue and complete their final performance, stealing a safe made by the same company that made the safe Lionel Shrike died in. They perform their one last show at 5 Pointz during which they seemingly vanish into thin air, transforming into loads of money that is showered on the crowd. The money turns out to be a forgery and the real money is found stashed in Thaddeus’sRange Rover. Thaddeus is then assumed to be the fifth Horseman and is arrested, although he claims that he was framed.
Dylan visits Thaddeus in his cell.Thaddeus explains that the only way the safe could have been removed was if Jack was still alive.He also believed there was an inside man. While Thaddeus was explaining Dylan disappears from the locked cell and reappears outside it. Dylan tells Thaddeus he wants him to spend the rest of his life in jail . The Horsemen are now rejoined by Jack, whose death had been staged. They finally meet their benefactor and are surprised to find it is Dylan. He welcomes them into “The Eye”.
Later, on the Pont des Arts in France, Alma is met by Dylan who reveals himself to be the son of Lionel Shrike, the magician who drowned years ago. He designed the Horsemen plot to seek revenge on Thaddeus, for exposing his father; the Crédit Républicain de Paris and Tressler’s company, who refused to pay the insurance on his father’s death; and the company that produced the substandard safe used in his fathers last trick that led to his death. . Alma takes a lock and a key that Dylan magically produces as he says, “One more secret to lock away.” After Alma locks the lock on a chain fence with all of the locks that have been locked before, she throws the key into the river.
Then it is seen that the Four Horsemen have reached a deserted place which resembles the remains of a long dormant amusement park . the horsemen find a secret room containing many boxes . They turn to Merritt(Woody Harrelson) and ask him for his individual card to open the boxes, and he is surprised to find it in his back pocket.
The movie ends without answering many questions and which can make a viewer uncomfortable.But its now officially announced that a sequel is in the making.Gasp!! Thank god.Besides that the movie is a good entertainer.One of the best things about the movie is its wonderful casting.All of them had given out superb performances.The storyline is engaging.The big twist when we realise Mark Ruffalo is the inside man really leaves you awestruck.
Visuals can be deceiving.The more you look the less you see!!
My Rating : 7/10