See Me (7/10)
a complex thriller starring Mark Ruffalo as FBI Special Agent Dylan
Rhodes trying to stop a magic super-group led by J Daniel Atlas (Jesse
Eisenberg), who is joined by Merit McKinney (Woody Harrelson) Henley
Reeves (Isla Fisher) and Jack Wilder (Dave Franco) and they perform one
dazzling caper after another.
Director Lewis Leterrier has produced an eye-popping film notable for
exceptional production values. He is ably abetted by cinematographers
Larry Fong and Mitchell Amundson. While the magic shown in the film is
as incomprehensible as it must be to be entertaining, what makes this
film entertaining throughout is that it is a visual tour de force.
acting is first class, and it is made even better by veterans Michael
Caine and Morgan Freeman, both of whom add their charm to the magic.
Mélanie Laurent adds a nice performance as an Interpol agent with whom
Ruffalo is reluctantly forced to partner.
the second film this year about magic. The first, The Incredible Burt
Wonderstone, was a dismal failure. This, however, uses magic as the
basis for an ingenious heist flick, and it works.
Although CGI is always available and suspected for a movie like this,
the filmmakers made a major effort to keep as many of the elements in
the tricks as possible in-camera.
group pulls off what it does is, well, magic. But the twist in the movie
is well hidden and comes as a nice surprise at the end.
it runs a little long, the fine acting by the outstanding cast and the
high production values make this an entertaining trip.