Now You See Me (film)

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Now You See Me
Now You See Me Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Louis Leterrier
Produced by
Screenplay by
Story by
  • Boaz Yakin
  • Edward Ricourt
Music by Brian Tyler
Edited by
Distributed by
Release dates
  • May 21, 2013 (2013-05-21) (New York City)
  • May 31, 2013 (2013-05-31) (United States)
  • July 31, 2013 (2013-07-31) (France)
Running time
  • 115 minutes[1]
  • 125 minutes (Extended cut)[2]
  • United States
  • France
Language English
Budget $75 million[3][4]
Box office $351,723,989[4]

Now You See Me is a 2013 American caper thriller film directed by Louis Leterrier. The film stars Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Mélanie Laurent, Isla Fisher, Dave Franco, Common, Michael Caine, and Morgan Freeman.

It was released on May 31, 2013. Critics gave the film mixed reviews, praising the plot and cast, but criticizing the incomplete ending. The film proved to be a box office success, and the producers are planning for a sequel.


Four gifted street magicians—J. Daniel "Danny" Atlas (Eisenberg), Merritt McKinney (Harrelson), Henley Reeves (Fisher), and Jack Wilder (Franco)—are brought together by an unknown benefactor and, one year later, are performing in Las Vegas as "The Four Horsemen," sponsored by insurance magnate Arthur Tressler (Caine). For the finale of their first show, they declare they will rob a bank, and invite audience member Étienne Forcier (José Garcia), an account holder at the Crédit Républicain de Paris, to do it. Forcier is apparently teleported to his bank in France, where he activates an air duct that vacuums up the money and showers it onto the Las Vegas crowd. Upon the discovery that the money really is missing from the bank vault, FBI agent Dylan Rhodes (Ruffalo) is called to investigate the theft and is partnered with Interpol agent Alma Dray (Laurent). They arrest the Horsemen, but are forced to release them due to lack of evidence.

Dylan and Alma meet with Thaddeus Bradley (Freeman), a former magician who professionally reveals the secrets behind other magicians' tricks. Thaddeus was in the audience and deduces the Horsemen stole the money weeks earlier, replacing it with counterfeit money printed on flash paper: while the real money was taken to Vegas for the trick, the counterfeit money was somehow burned. The three go to the group's next performance in New Orleans, where the Horsemen steal millions from Tressler's bank account and distribute it to the audience, somehow comprised entirely of victims of Hurricane Katrina whose insurance claims had been denied or reduced by Tressler's company. Dylan attempts to apprehend the Four Horsemen, but they escape. An infuriated Tressler hires Thaddeus to expose and humiliate the Horsemen in their next performance. Meanwhile, Dray researches the group and suggests to Dylan they may be tied to twice-a-century initiation into a secret society of magicians called "the Eye," who claim to have access to real magic. One of their members, a man named Lionel Shrike, died decades ago when Thaddeus exposed his tricks and ruined him, and Shrike hastily attempted a stunt to rebuild his career, escaping from a safe dropped into a river, only to die when the stunt went wrong. Dray believes there may be a "Fifth Horseman" who is aiding the group off-stage.

Preparing for their show in New York, the Horsemen evade authorities, and Dylan and Dray chase Jack across the city, but his car crashes and explodes. The remaining Horsemen vow to continue in his name and complete their final performance, stealing a money-filled safe made by the same company that made the safe Shrike died in. They perform their one last show at 5 Pointz during which they seemingly vanish into thin air, inexplicably transforming into a shower of bills that rain down on the crowd. The money turns out to be obvious forgeries, and the real money is found stashed in Thaddeus' car and he is arrested, assumed to be the Fifth Horseman. Dylan visits him in his cell, where Thaddeus explains that the only way the safe could have been removed was if Jack was still alive, having faked his own death. Thaddeus goes on to explain that the Fifth Horseman has to be an inside man and discovers it is Dylan himself when the agent disappears from the locked cell and reappears outside it. A somewhat gleeful Dylan tells Thaddeus he wants him to spend the rest of his life in jail and leaves without explaining himself. The Horsemen are now rejoined by Jack, whose death was staged as part of the trick using a replica car and a body stolen from a morgue. Dylan appears, reveals he is their mysterious benefactor, and welcomes them to the Eye.

At the Pont des Arts in France, Dray is met by Dylan, who reveals himself to be Lionel Shrike's son. He masterminded the Horsemen plot as revenge on those involved: Thaddeus, for humiliating his father and forcing him to try a risky stunt to revive his career; the Crédit Républicain de Paris and Tressler's company, who refused to pay the insurance on his father's death; and Elkhorn, the company that produced the substandard safe used in the trick that led to its failure. Dray decides not to turn him in. She takes a lock and a key that Dylan produces, putting the lock on a chain fence and throwing the key into the Seine.

In a mid-credits scene, the Four Horsemen have driven to a wasteland in the middle of a desert. All of them enter and find a secret room containing boxes full of their new magic equipment. They turn to McKinney and ask him for his individual card to open the boxes, but he has either lost or forgotten the cards.



Now You See Me (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Soundtrack album by Brian Tyler
Released May 28, 2013
Recorded 2013
Genre Soundtrack
Length 51:21
Label Glassnote
Producer Brian Tyler
Brian Tyler chronology
Iron Man 3
Now You See Me
Standing Up

The official soundtrack was composed by Brian Tyler, and was released on May 28, 2013 for physical purchase and digital download.

No. Title Music Length
1. "Now You See Me"   Brian Tyler 5:26
2. "The Four Horsemen"   Brian Tyler 3:34
3. "Now You See Me (Reprise)"   Brian Tyler 1:49
4. "Sun" (Jesse Marco Remix) Two Door Cinema Club 4:45
5. "Now You Don't"   Brian Tyler 4:21
6. "Entertainment"   Phoenix 3:38
7. "Sleight of the Mind"   Brian Tyler 4:45
8. "Now You See Me" (Robert DeLong Remix) Brian Tyler 3:40
9. "Welcome to the Eye"   Brian Tyler 5:49
10. "Codec"   Zedd 6:01
11. "Cineramascope" (featuring Trombone Shorty and Corey Henry) Galactic 3:14
12. "Now You See Me" (Spellbound Remix) Brian Tyler 4:19
Total length:


Critical reception[edit]

Now You See Me received mixed reviews from critics, who praised the film's star-studded cast and engaging storyline. The film's most common criticism is that various plot points were insufficiently resolved at the film's conclusion, leaving some questions unanswered or answered unclearly (although it has been suggested that this was intentional, potentially leaving room for a sequel).[5] Based on 149 reviews from film critics, Rotten Tomatoes rated the film 50%, with the site's consensus saying "Now You See Me's thinly sketched characters and scattered plot rely on sleight of hand from the director to distract audiences."[6]

Peter Hammond from Movieline writes, "Pure summer movie magic—literally. More fun than Ocean's 11, 12, and 13 combined. You won't believe your eyes—and that's the point."[7]

Audience polls conducted by CinemaScore give the film a rating of an A–.[8]

Box office[edit]

Despite the mixed reviews, the film had a successful box office run, placing #2 behind Fast & Furious 6 and getting $29,350,389 on its opening weekend from 2,925 theaters. By 30 June, it had grossed double its production budget.[4] The film stayed in the top 10 of the North American box office for six weeks after release. The film earned $117,723,989 at the North American domestic box office and $234,000,000 internationally, totaling to a $351,723,989 worldwide against a $75 million budget.

Home media[edit]

Now You See Me was released on DVD and Blu-ray on September 3, 2013. The Blu-ray release contains an extended version of the film, featuring 16 additional minutes, bringing the film to a 125-minute runtime.[9] It also contains two featurettes: a behind-the-scenes and a "History of Magic", plus 30 minutes of deleted scenes.


On July 3, 2013, after the box office success of the film, Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer officially confirmed that there will be a sequel to the film with production beginning in 2014 for an unspecified release date.[10] Louis Leterrier confirmed he will return to direct the sequel.[11] In September 2014, the film was titled Now You See Me 2 and set to be released on June 10, 2016. It was also confirmed that Jon M. Chu would be replacing Leterrier as director, and that Eisenberg, Ruffalo, Harrelson, Fisher, Franco, Caine, and Freeman are all set to reprise their roles.[12]


  1. ^ "NOW YOU SEE ME (12A)". British Board of Film Classification. 2013-05-28. Retrieved 2013-05-28. 
  2. ^ "Lionsgate Press Release: Now You See Me (Blu-ray) - Blu-ray". Home Theater Forum. 2013-08-27. Retrieved 2013-08-31. 
  3. ^ Kaufman, Amy. "'Fast & Furious 6' to speed past 'After Earth' at the box office". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2013-06-02. ""Now You See Me" cost roughly $75 million" 
  4. ^ a b c "Now You See Me (2013)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2013-06-30. 
  5. ^ "Review: 'Now You See Me' Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher & Mark Ruffalo | The Playlist". Retrieved 2013-06-02. 
  6. ^ Now You See Me at Rotten Tomatoes
  7. ^ "Now You See Me - Movie Review". Retrieved 2013-05-30. 
  8. ^ Stewart, Andrew (June 2, 2013). "‘Now You See Me’ Pulls $28 Mil-Plus Rabbit, Beating ‘After Earth’ With $27 Mil". Variety. Retrieved June 22, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Now You See Me Arrives on Blu-ray and DVD September 3". CraveOnline. August 13, 2013. Retrieved August 13, 2013. 
  10. ^ Brew, Simon (August 13, 2013). "'Now You See Me' to get sequel". Den of Geek. Retrieved September 10, 2014. 
  11. ^ Douglas, Edward (August 28, 2013). "'Exclusive: Louis Leterrier Back for Now You See Me Sequel". Retrieved September 10, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Lionsgate Sets Dates for Now You See Me 2 and Dirty Grandpa". September 9, 2014. Retrieved September 10, 2014. 

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