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[critical] ELUSIVE

“The Four Horsemen “, a group of brilliant magicians and illusionists, just give two magic shows amazing : the first by pitting one bank on another continent, the second by transferring the capital of a banker worm-eaten on the bank accounts of the public. Two special agents of the FBI and Interpol are determined to stop them before they implement their promise to achieve the robberies even more daring. They call upon Thaddeus, a recognized specialist to explain the magic tricks to the most sophisticated. As the pressure intensifies, and as the world awaits the spectacular final round of Riders, the race against the clock begins.

Author’s Note

[rating:7/10]

Release Date : July 31, 2013

Directed by Louis Leterrier

Film american

With Mark Ruffalo, Mélanie Laurent, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Dave Franco, Isla Fisher

Duration : 1h56min

Original title : Now You See Me

Trailer :

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From the machinery Besson and controllers, in particular of the Carrier, and recently the Clash of the Titans, Louis Leterrier I was rarely satisfied, except maybe on his Incredible Hulk (though it was difficult to do less well than the previous opus). I would even say that the copy made with The Clash of the Titans tends to make me flee from his feature films. But also talented to make a name for himself in the United States to obtain hefty budgets for his films, the guy has managed to lure me again in theatres with a cast of 4 stars and a theme is fairly original (as well as a trailer effective).

Of course, the producer frenchie has not lost any of his tics such as, for example, the camera whirling around the characters, as well as his love for the permanent action or the effects of style sometimes unnecessary, but the whole remains quite digestible, although relatively disjointed. Pay for even just the film with a lack of “binding” to a succession of scenes visually fairly impressive. The unrestrained action has the merit of not boring the viewer and provide him with a dose of spectacle promised by these magicians. The whole is so dynamic as one could wish.

For its part, the scenario, if it is fairly simplistic, turns out to be relatively clever in the establishment of the characters, the construction of its towers, as well as the final resolution of the plot. On the other hand, the writing of some of the characters stay a little bit behind, or even is quite devastating to the one played by Melanie Laurent, a little bit charismatic and it sounds pretty fake so that the performance of the actress, even if she is not fly high, remains correct.

a little more control of the frequency of use of some of the effects of style would have been welcome, just as a scenario a bit more surprising over the tricks of these magicians, but let’s not mess with our pleasure : ELUSIVE realizes a tour… de-force !

Moreover, if the tenors Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman are still relatively in withdrawal (and leave the damn print during the film review of Alfred Pennyworth and Lucius Fox in the Batman trilogy of Nolan), the quartet of magicians enjoys a capital of sympathy maximum worn by its performers Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Dave Franco and Isla Fisher. Very well characterized, they give body to the show offered by the feature film but a bit of powder in the eyes.

In effect, the whole is punctuated, the actors quite good and the storyline is relatively original, but it remains a substantive problem, which is hidden by staging ambitious and flashy of Leterrier : a scenario ultimately simple enough that the strings are sometimes identified in advance by the viewer. I will confess that I have not seen come the end of the movie so it worked well with me and has added a body to the story, but overall some of the elements end up being very predictable. But for once he is neither an adaptation, or a sequel, it would be inappropriate to be overly critical in light of the risk-taking…

In fact, the ELUSIVE (in which I prefer to the title V. O. a lot more interesting : Now You See Me) is a perfect blockbuster summer. It is simple enough for the general public, it is quite mysterious and mannered for audiences who are more accustomed to this kind of film and, above all, it offers simply a very good show. Of course, a little more control of the frequency of use of some of the effects of style would have been welcome, just as a scenario a bit more surprising over the tricks of these magicians, but let’s not mess with our pleasure : ELUSIVE realizes a tour… de-force !

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