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The Incomprehensible

The Incomprehensible

USA/Frankreich 2013 - with Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher, Michael Caine, Mélanie Laurent ...

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Movie info

Original title:Now you see me
Genre:Action, Mystery, Thriller
Direction:Louis Leterrier
Cinema release:11.07.2013
Production country:USA/Frankreich 2013
Running time:Ca. 116 Min.
Rated:From 12 years
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Although film can sometimes be real magic, magicians don't always have it easy even in the cinema. Recently the amusing but unfortunately not very successful "Burt Wonderstone" could sing a song about it. But now director Louis Leterrier ("The Transporter") sends a whole bunch of illusionists to the screen, who not only amaze the audience there, but are first and foremost supposed to entertain them well. A mysterious invitation brings together the four magicians Atlas (Jesse Eisenberg), his former assistant and celebrated escape artist Henley (Isla Fisher), the mentalist and hypnotist Merritt (Woody Harrelson)  as well as the up-and-coming magician and pickpocket Jack (Dave Franco). Together they will present "The Four Horsemen" in Las Vegas, the ultimate show in which the audience is shown illusions the world has never seen before. A year later, this show actually goes on stage, but the enthusiasm of the audience hardly wants to end after the spectacular finale. Because the four of them have achieved something impossible: they make a spectator disappear and reappear in the vault of a Parisian bank. In front of the confused man's eyes, several millions dissolve into smoke, which then rain down on the audience in Las Vegas. All this looks like a perfect illusion. But when it turns out that millions of euros have indeed disappeared in the Parisian bank, the FBI agent Rhodes (Mark Ruffalo) is called to task. Together with his Interpol colleague Alma Dray (Mélanie Laurent) he wants to put a stop to the magic. But of course they still have a few tricks up their sleeves to inspire people and drive the FBI to despair. Only the legendary Bradley (Morgan Freeman), who earns his money by disenchanting illusions, could screw up the Four Horsemen's tour…

"The Unfathomable" is not necessarily a spawn of logic. Here the fun is clearly in the foreground. And this is only possible if the story and its various twists and turns are not too much questioned. Admittedly, the grand finale is a bit disappointing and already seems a bit like lazy magic. But the way to get there is so entertaining, cleverly constructed and played in a good mood that it's hard to be angry at the end, that one somehow feels cheated. Leterrier's staging is so fast-paced, peppered with amusing word battles and captivatingly staged tricks that even for a second something like boredom doesn't come up.

Rapid chases alternate with the spectacular tricks of the four magicians, who are all exposed in the course of the film, but lose nothing of their entertainment value as a result. The fact that Leterrier was also able to drum up a really great cast of actors in front of the camera is the icing on the cake on a very tasty whole. When great young talents like Jesse Eisenberg or Mélanie Laurent meet great alto stars like Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman, when Woody Harrelson is allowed to play wonderfully smugly against a very dogged Mark Ruffalo, then watching them is just as much fun.

Surely, "The Unfathomable" is not really full of content. But the film doesn't even try to be more than pure entertainment. A light-hearted popcorn fun, which seems a bit like David Copperfield's version of "Ocean`s Eleven", spiced with some crunchy action interludes. Anyone who doesn't expect anything more and doesn't get on their nerves with a "That's completely illogical" will certainly have a lot of fun with this US surprise hit. Therefore: Absolutely recommended!

An article by Frankfurt-Tipp


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