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Now You See Me

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Thoughts on, and a place to discuss, the plot details we can’t reveal in our review.

Given the movie's focus on misdirection and showmanship, it's fitting that Now You See Me can scarcely go 15 minutes without dramatically revealing something. (You thought the Four Horsemen worked for you, Michael Caine? Think again!) But the filmmakers save the biggest bombshell for last, and boy is it a doozy. Turns out that the mystery magician, the one who brought Eisenberg and company together and spearheaded all their elaborate schemes, is none other than…Mark Ruffalo, the FBI agent who's been hunting them (or rather, pretending to hunt them) all along! This is the type of capital-T twist that re-contextualizes everything that came before it, and sends viewers racing back through the movie they just watched, in search of both clues and plot holes. For Ruffalo's behavior to make any sense, he'd have to share basically every moment onscreen with another character. (He has to be constantly performing, in other words, for the twist to work.) Only a second viewing will confirm if the script plays fair.

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