This Week In Home Entertainment: Now You See Me Plus Spartacus, Da Vinci's Demons And More
Now You See Me Blu-ray
If its quick pace and large ensemble cast doesn’t interest you, the magic in Now You See Me should. From basic spoon bending tricks to bank heists, Summit Entertainment’s film is constantly asking fans to be open to new possibilities, and even when the movie gives audiences a few ludicrous premises, they should still enjoy the rollicking ride.
Toward the beginning of the film, four magicians show up at an apartment after receiving a mysterious invitation. The four magicians each have different talents and personalites and include the cocky J. Daniel Atlas (Jesse Eisenberg), the sneaky mentalist Merritt McKinney (Woody Harrelson), the daredevil escape artist Henley Reeves (Isla Fisher), and Jack Wilder (Dave Franco), a newbie who is in awe of the older musicians but knows how to pick a lock. A few months later they appear onstage as a group, a clan of magicians hellbent on robbing a bank. After they seem to succeed at the large ‘trick,’ lawman Dylan Rhodes (Mark Ruffalo) and magic debunker Thaddeus Bradley (Morgan Freeman) are brought in to handle the case.
The film is full of twists and turns, some of which are easy to believe and others that stretch our imaginations somewhat. Still, Now You See Me is one of those rare fun flicks that asks us to just suspend disbelief and go along with the ride. Thanks to several tight opening scenes and an interesting mystery surrounding a magician who drowned decades ago, it’s pretty easy to stick with the film until its conclusion and to enjoy the unique twists the movie employs.
Now You See Me is a film that excites the senses without ever really doing anything groundbreaking. Still, the movie is a fun one and now is a good time to give it a shot, as director Louis Letterier will be back with a sequel in the future.
You can order Now You See Me over at Amazon.
Best Special Feature: The menu for Summit Entertainment and Lionsgate Home Entertainment’s release is pretty exciting. While watching a bonus feature, you can peruse the menu while still keeping an eye on the extra via a picture in picture screen. “A Brief History of Magic” is probably the most interesting extra, but it does present the information in a pretty dry manner. You can check out the other bonus features, below.
Other Special Features:
“Now You See Me Revealed”
Audio Commentary from producer Bobby Cohen and director Louis Leterrier
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