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Movie Review: Now You See Me

As long as I've got my suit and tie...
As long as I’ve got my suit and tie…

Come closer. Closer… There you go! Now you’ll be able to read the review much better! 

I was pretty excited to go see this movie if only for the fact that Jesse Eisenberg seemed to finally be back in a role where he got to play a witty, smart character that matches his acting style. But the movie features a fantastic cast that really do improve the film. A few notables would be Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco and Isla Fisher.

The movie has music that works well with the scenes and sounds exciting. The effects are solid and smart. But the best thing about this flick has to be just how much fun it is to watch. It almost feels like you’re at a real live magic show the entire time as you watch four of the main characters, who call themselves the Four Horsemen, perform tricks and dupe audiences over and over. The tricks and shows themselves are the most entertaining and fast paced parts of the movie, making them the parts that you’re waiting for every few minutes, hoping they’ll do another.

Not surprisingly, the film is not slow-paced and is made to be quick. The one-on-one scenes between characters are some of the most enjoyable to listen to, if you’re there for the writing and acting. Eisenberg has a scene where he is being interrogated in jail and it brings back memories of his stellar performance in The Social Network as he instantly becomes the quick talking, witty, cocky character that he’s so good at playing. 

My personal favourite would have to be any scene in which Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine are talking one-on-one. Watching two big name actors who have been simply brilliant many times over speak to each other in a sort of epitome-of-acting showdown is just marvelous. 

The plot contains many twists and turns, like you would expect going to see a movie about magic and there came a point where I thought to myself, “I really have no idea what’s going on anymore. Anyone could be anything and everyone could be guilty or innocent.”

Certainly, Now You See Me keeps you on your toes and makes you want to learn more as it progresses. It’s never really overwhelming so that you have absolutely no idea what’s going on, but it can be difficult to keep up with at times if you haven’t been paying close attention. 

Something else that’s different about this film is that there aren’t main characters that are set in stone. Well, there are, but you’re not sure if you should root for them or not. The Four Horsemen (Eisenberg, Harrelson, Franco and Fisher) are main characters who you identify with early and want to succeed, even though they are doing illegal things and are classified as ‘the bad guys’. Then, at the same time, you’ve also got Mark Ruffalo’s character, who is working for the FBI and trying to catch the Horsemen. He is ‘the good guy’ who you also want to see succeed, thus making the movie a tension filled war within your own brain over who you want to see come out on top.

Thankfully, there’s nothing horrendously faulty or lame blaring from the bright lights of this movie and it is worth going to see if you want to watch something solid and entertaining for an evening. It’s one of those things where you walk out thinking, “That was cool. Glad I saw it.” 

But maybe I should’ve let this movie sink in even a little more than I did and listened more closely to Eisenberg’s last words; the closer I look into things, the farther I actually am from the truth.

Rating out of 100: 76

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Movie Review: Star Trek: Into Darkness

Try not to freak out now, Trekkies...
Try not to freak out now, Trekkies…

Captain’s log, stardate 6833401.342. It has been four long years since J.J. Abrams released his first reboot smash hit called Star Trek. Many have waited in anticipation for the coming of his newest creation.

And finally, it has arrived.

Star Trek: Into Darkness is an emotional and action filled roller coaster that takes the audience through the movie at warp speed, rarely pausing for breaks to breathe. The pace of the film is great, never keeping one waiting very long for the next action scene while also leaving room for the intense intimate conversations.

This version of the classic franchise delves deeper into the characters themselves as well as the plot that involves new villain, Khan (Benedict Cumberbatch). Most importantly, Kirk (Chris Pine) and Spock (Zachary Quinto) are the two that the audience gets to learn more about and see in a different light.

Kirk’s maverick-style personality gets exposed and shaken when he sees his friend, (and somewhat of a mentor) Christopher Pike (Bruce Greenwood), get killed by Khan after never even having one of his own crew members lost before. This traumatic event forces the young Kirk to become slightly more level-headed even while retaining most of his maverick-style. He appears to grow up a little throughout the course of the movie and becomes a better leader and captain as a result.

Spock too, deals with his mental capabilities being tested. As a half-Vulcan, he rarely shows emotion and prefers to keep them hidden; especially after seeing the destruction of his home planet. But as the movie progresses and Spock has to deal with more and more intense issues, he finally lets loose after he loses Kirk (who Spock comes out and says is a true friend to him) to an overdose of radiation and his withheld emotions turn into a raging fire of pure anger. 

Personally, this was my favourite part of the film; when Spock becomes enraged and goes to hunt down Khan immediately. It’s very rare that fans ever get to see Spock act in such a way and it was a neat character development for such a well known figure. Oh, and be sure to note…

Don’t ever piss off a Vulcan.

The film had very good acting, with all of the characters being played well and Khan being done very well as an intelligent, sadistic villain. The music was just as good as the first movie, with classic stuff such as the original (slightly altered) Star Trek theme used in the appropriate areas. 

There were lots of tidbits for hardcore Trekkies as well. I didn’t quite catch all of them, but there are many that those who love the franchise will enjoy. And even for those who don’t, it doesn’t really matter as the film is just a fantastic movie in itself. 

The Klingons were finally introduced in this flick, during which there occurred and epic battle scene that is one of the best in the entire thing; Khan does a lot of eye-popping acrobatics during this fight. It’s cool to finally get to see the Klingons and what they look like in Abrams’ world. Needless to say, they’re done pretty darn well and there is even a bit of Klingon that is spoken, so for the people who took the time to learn the fictional language, there you go. I guess.

The comic relief supplied by Scotty (Simon Pegg) is entertaining as always and has to be one of my favourite things about this movie too.

The special effects were done extremely well and everything looked fluid and jaw-dropping (I saw it in 3D), keeping the audience glued to the screen for every single photon blast and phaser beam. 

And let’s face it, seeing the Enterprise take up the entire theatre screen while epic music is playing just never gets old.

Finally, I’m glad they ended the film like they did the first one and like they did every episode of the original show, with someone (previously old Spock, this time Kirk) saying: Space. The final frontier. These are the voyages of the star ship Enterprise. It’s five year mission; to find strange new worlds, to explore new life and civilizations, and to boldly go where no one has gone before.

Yeah. Classic stuff.

Anyways, that’s it for this time around. Howe, out.

Rating out of 100: 85