Posted on 7/10/13 05:51 AM
"Look closer, because the more you think you see the less you'll actually notice".
'Now You Seem Me' was a film that very much fell into the 'not sure' category. I liked the cast - 'Mark Ruffalo' and 'Jesse Eisenberg' are excellent and 'Woody Harrelson' and 'Isla Fisher' are great too - and i rally liked 'Dave Franco' when he was in the 'Scrubs'. So i was in no doubt of the cast an despite a relatively interesting plot i wasn't sure it would be pulled off well enough. It seemed like a film with bags of potential but could be easily be a complete bomb if it was poorly scripted.
The film centers on a group of people 'Atlas' a magician ('Jesse Eisenberg'), 'Merritt' a mentalist ('Woody Harrelson), 'Henley' a magician and 'Jack' a thief who are mysteriously brought together by an unknown person who tasks them with pulling off three illusions. But the FBI are on their tales with 'Dylan' ('Mark Ruffalo') and Interpol agent 'Alma' ('Melanie Laurent'). It was billed as a cat and mouse mystery thriller and it's clearly attempting it but there's never any real great sense of those aspects. There are some moments of mystery mainly in the tricks and two or three chase scenes but they aren't intriguing enough. That being said there are moments that had me really interested. The illusions were interesting enough and it's well paced with the tricks spread out. But i didn't love it, the major problem is going back to my point from before there wasn't enough of what it promised and the double bluff with the 5th horseman aspect was a bit of a cop out. I won't say who it is but it seems like a pointless endeavor when it could have easily been achieved through different means or in a less complicated and cumbersome way.
The acting is unsurprisingly excellent, 'Ruffalo' is great as 'Dylan' as are the rest of the cast. There isn't a weak link but this isn't a film that can rely on the performances of the cast, and film that has mystery and intrigue must have a strong script. The direction is fine sometimes frantic and the odd wrong choice of angle glares up here and there but overall it doesn't distract too much from the films plot, possible because i don't think the script was nearly as strong as i could have been there was some real potential here that was somewhat wasted. I expected a stronger visual element sure there are some flashy light and glowing stuff but i expected some pizzazz with some stylish shots to match the chauvinistic illusionists.
The plot could have really done with some sproosing up before they started shooting and there needed to be a bigger push with the cat and mouse and intrigue angles. But overall it is a decent effort, well acted and there aren't any pacing issues to my surprise. A decent effort that while i'd class as a solid film is largely a failure due to the intention of it. Still there are worse films to watch but don't expect a film full of mystery and intrigue because you won't get it.