I was hoping to be blown away by the movie because the trailer looks so promising and exciting. That’s the problem with expectation. Once you have it, it almost sets you up for disappointment. In this case, I was disappointed.
Four magicians, Daniel Atlas (Jesse Eisenberg), Henley Reeves (Isla Fisher), Jack Wilder (Dave Franco) and Merritt McKinney (Woody Harrelson), are recruited by anonymous benefactor. One year later they are performing as Four Horsemen in Las Vegas, pulling off a heist by teleporting one of the audience to a bank in France. Their trick causes commotion with the FBI team led by Agent Dylan Rhodes (Mark Ruffalo) who is lost for explanation and set to debunk the trick as the Four Horsemen get ready to perform an even larger trick.
Initially I thought this was going to be the kind of movie that will make you marvel at whoever came up with the idea. As it turns out, the movie has no focus and it tries to hard to impress. It is lacking in character development and it doesn’t seem to have a central theme or message. I have a feeling, the focus of this film would be to impress audience with elaborated tricks and uncovering them along the story as if begging for the audience to be wowed. The ending is unexpected but it is very cliché and is a cry for applaud.
If a movie has such an awesome trailer, it should at least deliver close enough to it. I can’t tell you how far short it fell. I’m sure you can find a better film to spend your time and money on.
Mel says: 4/10