Pulling robberies out of a hat in ‘Now You See Me’

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Here’s a pretty good idea for a movie. Take four master illusionists. Have them pull off some spectacular heists.

Even better, have them incorporate the heists in their act. It’s an act, you might say, that consists of pulling robbery out of a hat. Throw in some very appealing actors – Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Mélanie Laurent – and the idea becomes even more promising.

Unfortunately, the idea turns into “Now You See Me,” and the magic gets transformed into reality, one that’s big, noisy, slick, and empty. The illusionists call themselves the Four Horsemen – though only three are men.

Isla Fisher, an escape artist, is odd woman out. Eisenberg is one highly cocky magician. Woody Harrelson is a mentalist. Dave Franco is a pickpocket.

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