Four struggling magicians are plucked from their day-to-day acts and
each is summoned via a tarot card to rendevous at a certain time and
Lured in by the promise of, I'm not sure what, the four arrive at a
New York apartment and uncover plans for a magical mysterious bank
Fast forward a year and the group are now a worldwide illusionist act
known as the Four Horsemen. The reference is alluded to later in the
film, although it's not made obvious.
So for much of the film you're left wondering if there is something
more to the name, or not, or if a fifth horseman is really pulling all
the strings, or if the name is something symbolic of Biblical times that
might be revealed later.
In fact, throughout much of the film the audience is left slightly
out of the loop and a little confused about how much of the plot it is
meant to follow.
Good movies do this deliberately and pull it off.
I'm not convinced Now You See Me succeeds.
Back to the group.
The Four Horsemen manage to pull off the bank heist. Or do they?
The stunt is enough to get the FBI on to their tails, and so the action begins, sort of.
Throughout the movie there are constant reminders that magic is
really "deception by disguise" and the real tricks often happen when you
are "distracted by something else". The audience is reminded so much,
it's hard to know how much of this is playing into the plot.