A movie which exposes the true modern commercial magicians
14 February, 2014
Directed by Loius Letterier, Produced by Bobby Cohen/Alex Kurtzman/Roberto Orci, Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Melanie Laurent, Isla Fisher, and Morgan Freeman.
Storyline: Four street magicians (experts in their own tricks), come together through an invitation from an unknown person. The union emerges as ‘The Four Horsemen’. The first stage show and the subsequent ones of this new brand, specializes in giving huge performances, that target specific people from the audience to hypnotize them and later use them as pawns to steal huge money from vaults of big banks across the world.
FBI Agent Dylan Rhodes takes up investigation of this case, along with the gorgeous Interpol agent Alma Dray. They find out that ‘The Four Horsemen’ gang is targeting only those people who were responsible for the death of a famous magician, Lionel Shirke, who was humiliated and died in an accident 30 years ago, after his tricks exposed by his counterpart, Thaddeus. The Four Horsemen loot the bank Credit Republicain de Paris and Tressler’s insurance company that refused to settle the insurance of Lionel Shirke’s death. They, finally trick Thaddeus, to get him arrested.
The surprise comes in climax, when The Four Horsemen stage their final show in New York to steal a safe and transfer the money to Thaddeus’s car, giving an impression to the police that Thaddeus is the actual culprit behind the robberies. This is when The Four Horsemen get to see the fifth Horseman, in hiding all the while and that happens to be the FBI Agent Dylan himself. Dylan claims to have done all this to take revenge on all those who were responsible for the death of his father Lionel Shirke, but never ever to be found by the Police.
Positives: A wonderful twist at the end which surprises the audience. Magicians and many of their tricks revealed. A grave truth that modern magic is nowadays being used for huge financial gains rather than just providing entertainment to public, like once upon a time. The audience could never guess the secret of the fifth Horseman. Plot was well designed. Good screenplay and good music. Free flowing pure entertainment. Melanie Laurent and Morgan Freeman, are my favorites, in the movie.
Negatives: Gives a negative approach towards the FBI and Interpol which could be tricked so easily by some street magicians, while looting heavy amount from banks and insurance companies. The revelation of the fifth Horseman could have been a little more exciting.
My rating is 3.5 out of 5
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