The Closer You Look, The Less You'll See- TopTenMM Heist Movies

Nominee #8 - Now You See Me (2013)

A team of illusionists carry out bank heists during their performances and reward their audiences with the money.


Director:

Louis Leterrier Writers:

Ed Solomon (screenplay), Boaz Yakin (screenplay) Stars:

Jesse Eisenberg, Common, Mark Ruffalo


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An FBI agent and an Interpol agent are on the case of four-stage illusionists who are responsible for baffling bank heists right during their performances with audiences being the beneficiaries.

As far as heist films go, this is probably one of the most uniquely conceived scripts which keeps the tension constantly mounting and manages to create a fantastic mix of action, suspense, drama, and fun making it a roller coaster ride; one of the most entertaining heists films ever!

Now You See Me, released in 2013, really hit home with an outstanding cast, a terrific tight script, a fresh theme, and innovative execution in the entire film making. Directed by Louis Leterrier and written by Ed Solomon, Boaz Yakin, and Edward Ricourt, the movie features Woody Harrelson, Mark Ruffalo, Jesse Eisenberg, Dave Franco, Isla Fisher, Michael Caine, and Morgan Freeman.


In the film, we follow the story of state magician J. Daniel Atlas, his former assistant Henley Reeves, master hypnotist Merritt McKinney, and magician Jack Wilder. This group of people is contacted by an unknown benefactor who provides blueprints and instructions for a heist.


A year goes by, and they have become the Four Horsemen, carrying their magic show all over the country. Their first big performance takes place in Las Vegas, where an audience member is transported to the vault of insurance magnate Arthur Tressler, who has funded the show.

They activate the fans in the vault, where millions of euros are stored, and the bills are drawn through vents to shower the entire crowd. Enter FBI agent Dylan Rhodes and Interpol agent Alma Dray.


They investigate and question the Four Horsemen, but there’s no evidence to hold them. That’s why they turn to Thaddeus Bradley, a former magician who now makes his living exposing magic tricks. He explains how they managed the heist, and the agents decide to follow the Horsemen to New Orleans where they pull off another heist.


Agent Alma finds the Four Horsemen are connected to the Eye, a small group of magicians who claim to practice real magic and recruit only the best, and she suspects there’s a fifth one.


Meanwhile, Dylan discovers the Horsemen have stolen and bugged his cellphone, which gives them access to FBI servers and the investigation. The FBI tracks the cellphone and they raid an NYC apartment. The Horsemen flee in a dramatic car chase. During the chaos, Jack loses control of his car, causing it to flip and catch fire.


Dylan is still able to recover some papers that lay out the Horsemen’s next big plan. It’s later found that the whole thing is a decoy, and the Horsemen announce a final show in town. They appear, give a farewell message and then jump off the roof while counterfeit money showers the crowd.


After the show, Thaddeus finds his car full of stolen money, which leads FBI to believe he is the fifth Horseman. In jail, Thaddeus and Dylan have a discussion where he slowly realizes Dylan has been the fifth Horseman all along.


In the end, the Four Horsemen meet at the carousel in Central Park and use the tarot cards they received, in the beginning, to turn the carousel on. Dylan arrives, and now that they’ve proved their mettle, they’re welcomed into the Eye!


As far as heist films go, this is probably one of the most uniquely conceived scripts which keeps the tension constantly mounting and manages to create a fantastic mix of action, suspense, drama, and fun making it a roller coaster ride; one of the most entertaining heists films ever!



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