A cross between The Prestige
and The Usual Suspects
(souped up with some sly action sequences), Now You See Me
, Louis Leterrier’s crime comedy about magicians, has a first-rate setup but lacks the punch of anything extraordinary. It aims for the winking smarts of Penn and Teller, but ends up being as routine as a guy making coins appear out of kids’ noses at a birthday party.
The brilliant high concept involves four talented magicians -- close-up magic expert J. Daniel Atlas (Jesse Eisenberg), his former assistant and now renowned escape artist Henley Reeves (Isla Fisher), hypnotist and self-proclaimed mentalist Merritt McKinney (Woody Har...