Now You See Me

A few days ago, I went to Palazzo 16 to see a movie called Now You see Me.

Four magicians—Daniel Atlas, Henley Reeves, Jack Wilder  and Merritt McKinney —are brought together by a mysterious card that they each received to a mysterious location. One year later, perform as a magic troupe in Las Vegas as “The Four Horsemen” sponsored by Arthur Tressler , an insurance magnate. During one of their performances, the Four Horsemen invite a member of the audience to help them in their next trick: robbing a bank. A Frenchman is chosen to rob a bank of his choice, and he chooses one in France. He is teleported to that bank 10 minutes before opening time. Then, the Frenchman teleports (assisted by the Four Horseman through an earpiece) 30 million Euros through an air duct, and then it is blown out onto the Las Vegas stage in front of the crowd.

FBI agent Dylan Rhodes is called to investigate the theft and is partnered with French Agent Alma Vargas. They question the Four Horsemen, but release them when no explanation for the theft can be found other than genuine magic. Rhodes then meets Thaddeus Bradley, an ex-magician who makes money by revealing the secrets behind other magicians’ tricks. Bradley was in the audience and deduced that the Four Horsemen stole the money weeks before, and manipulated the audience into believing it happened in real time.

Rhodes, Vargas and Bradley attend the Four Horsemen’s next performance in New Orleans. The Four Horsemen’s finale involves them emptying Tressler’s bank account and adding generous amounts of it to the audience’s bank accounts, which is mostly made up of people whose insurance claims had been denied by Tressler’s insurance. Rhodes attempts to arrest them, but they escape with help from people in the audience that they hypnotized. (Merrit McKinney hypnotized a group of audience members into thinking they were football players, and whomever says ‘Freeze’ is the quarterback, whom they must tackle. When Agent Rhodes tries to arrest them, he yells, “Freeze!” and the hypnotized audience members tackle him.) Tressler is so infuriated, that he hires Bradley to expose and humiliate the Four Horsemen in their next performance. Later, while researching the Four Horsemen’s background, Agent Vargas learns about rumors of a secret society of magicians called “The Eye”, and suggests to Rhodes the case might be connected to a magician who was once exposed by Bradley, and was so humiliated that he attempted a dangerous underwater stunt and drowned.

Before the Four Horsemen’s last performance in New York City, Rhodes and Vargas locate the group’s hideout and catch Wilder there. He attempts to escape in a stolen car, but it crashes and explodes. Then, Rhodes and Vargas learn that the Four Horsemen are targeting a particular safe, which is under the surveillance of another FBI team, whom later takes over the case. They intercept the safe in route to Five Points, NY, but find it empty. The ability of the Four Horseman to continually outwit the FBI leads Rhodes to suspect that there must be a fifth member of the team, potentially Vargas or Bradley.

At the final performance, Rhodes and Vargas once again attempt to arrest the Four Horsemen. But Atlas, Reeves and McKinney jump from the rooftop as a finale, and seemingly transform into piles of money that rain from the sky into the cheering crowd, but it turns out the money is fake. After the performance, Bradley returns to his car, discovering it to be filled with the real money from the stolen safe. He is then arrested by the FBI and taken to prison, where Rhodes  asks what had happened that night. Bradley protests that he was framed and explains how the group performed the safe heist through use of mirrors. He hopes this will clear him of charges. But then, Bradley realizes that Rhodes is the Fifth Horseman, the mastermind of all of the schemes. Rhodes leaves Bradley in jail and reunites with the Four Horsemen, including Wilder, who faked his death. They are surprised to find out Rhodes is the benefactor that assembled them one year prior and are initiated into The Eye.

Rhodes later meets Vargas in France, and reveals that he is the son of the magician who drowned years ago. The plot was designed to obtain revenge on those involved: Bradley, for humiliating his father; the bank in Paris and Tressler’s company, which refused to pay insurance on his father’s death; and the company that produced the safe used in the trick. Due to its inferior quality of the metal in the safe it warped resulting in Rhodes’ father’s death. Rhodes was living in poverty until The Eye recruited him. He admits that he has fallen in love with Vargas, who decides not to turn him in.

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