The synopsis for the film is as follows:
The Four Horsemen, a magic super-group led by the charismatic Atlas (Jesse Eisenberg), perform a pair of high-tech magic shows, first astonishing audiences by robbing a bank on another continent, and then exposing a white-collar criminal and funneling his millions into the audience members’ bank accounts.
FBI Special Agent Dylan (Mark Ruffalo) is determined to make the magicians pay for their crimes—and to stop them before they pull off what promises to be an even more audacious heist. But he’s forced to partner with Alma (Melanie Laurent), an Interpol detective about whom he is instantly suspicious. Out of desperation he turns to Thaddeus (Morgan Freeman), a famed magic debunker, who claims the bank heist was accomplished using disguises and video trickery. One thing Dylan and Alma agree on is that the Horsemen must have an outside point person, and that finding him (or her) is key to ending the magicians’ crime spree. Could it be Thaddeus? Or Alma? Or could it really be…magic?
As pressure mounts and the world awaits the Horsemen’s spectacular final trick, Dylan and Alma race to find an answer. But it soon becomes painfully clear that staying one step ahead of these masters of illusion is beyond the skills of any one man— or woman.
The movie also stars Isla Fisher, Dave Franco, Woody Harrelson, and Michael Caine.
Although it isn’t as revealing as the synopsis, plot-wise, the trailer does give us a glimpse at the bank robbery trick, not to mention some fun but brief action scenes that establish the thrilling tone of the movie really well. Judging from this trailer alone, the movie seems a little bit like a cross between The Prestige and Robin Hood — an interesting combination, to say the least, but one that might just be unusual enough to work.
In terms of characters, Eisenberg’s seems by far the most intriguing. Given the description of Atlas as “charismatic”, I wasn’t expecting him to be so snarky and therefore reminiscent of Eisenberg’s Mark Zuckerberg from The Social Network. The actor can’t seem to escape has always seemed typecast to me, but there’s no doubt that he is very good at this kind of role.
Now You See Me opens on June 7th.
Watch the trailer below, and let us know what you think in the comments!