This is the IMBd (which btw is one of my most used websites) description of this movie.. “An FBI agent and an Interpol detective track a team of illusionists who pull off bank heists during their performances and reward their audiences with the money.” This is the exact story line and there is no way I could describe it any better, but I’m gonna try.
Right from the start this movie dazzles you with the exciting magic tricks. Jesse Eisenberg is the “top” magician in the movie. I will say, he’s definitely hot in this movie, compared to his nerdiness look in his breakout role as Columbus in Zombieland, which he co-starred with Woody Harrelson in that movie and what do you know, he does in this movie too! Woody is the mentalist/hypnotist or otherwise known as Con-Artist, which he does so well. You can’t help but love Woody in anything he does. Isla Fisher holds her own as the only woman Magician in the group followed by Dave Franco (those Franco boys are rather talented). The four of them become known as the Four Horseman and proceed to rise to fame by pulling off a trick that makes it appear they rob a French bank from Las Vegas. In the end of the trick they shower the audience with the stolen money. This leads the police as well as Interpol to figure out how they managed to pull off the crime. This is where Mark Ruffalo and Melanie Laurent come in to play. They set off trying to figure it all out, with Melanie appearing to be the one who is the “smarter” one of the two. Morgan Freeman who is in the movie from the start (seen taping the first performance) is himself a magician who way back when tried to help another rise to fame but unfortunately that person died while doing an underwater safe trick. Mark and Melanie enlist the help of Morgan who begins to teach them how the tricks are accomplished (some were pretty freaking cool.. and I only say that because I’m ignorant as hell when it comes to magic so I have no clue how tricks are done).
Now, here’s the really cool part. Michael Caine is in it, looks amazing for his age and plays a key part in all of it! If you’ve read my blogs at all… and I hope you have… you know I love Michael Caine. He’s been one of my “Crush of the Month” celebrities. At first you like him, you think he’s this great guy who is funding the show and frankly if they are stealing the money and giving it to the audience (really.. wouldn’t you love to be in this audience?) then he has to be a good guy. Well after several twists and turns in the story line, the police going crazy trying to figure it all out you find out that Michael isn’t that great of a guy, but his Karma comes back to him, as well as Morgans!
I’m not going to tell you how it ended but you really do have to see the last 15 minutes to put the whole thing together. It’s really a good movie and worth the rental fee, or the cost if your like my husband and have to buy every single movie you’ve ever seen! It’s even a good movie for the younger viewers, there’s no nudity, no sex, limited foul language and really cool magic tricks!