I ought to pan “Now You See Me” (2013), but I just had too much fun with it. It’s a smile-inducing heist film that barely qualifies as a thriller, given its upbeat tone. It held my attention and made me laugh, so I’m giving it and 8 out of 10.
Much of it is preposterous, especially if you stop to think about it. The comedians over at Cinema Sins really skewer it here, for example. (Spoilers. Do not watch the linked video until after you’ve seen the movie.) But if you take it as an escapist fantasy, it’s a good movie — like maybe one of the Roger Moore-era James Bond films. It’s got a terrific ensemble cast, it’s funny, and it makes great use of its novelty story device — famous stage magicians using their skills to commit high-profile crimes, and incorporating those crimes into their show.
I’d definitely recommend this.
Quick note — if you’re a movie buff and you haven’t checked out the Cinema Sins Youtube channel, then you’re cheating yourself. Their “Everything Wrong With” and “Honest Trailers” series are two of the best things on the Internet.