Now You See Me

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Now You See Me

Plot: During one of their magic acts in Las Vegas, a group of magicians, called the Four Horsemen, successfully rob a bank in Paris. FBI agent, Dylan Rhodes and his partner Alma Dray, are sent to investigate the crime. They are given hints by illusionist, Thaddeus Bradley, along the way. During a show in New Orleans, they witness the Four Horsemen steal the money out of the bank account of Arthur Tressler.

Now You See Me

Climax:Rhodes and other policemen are searching the apartment building to find the Four Horsemen. Jack Wilder, who is one of the four, is still in the apartment, burning files, when Rhodes and one of the policeman come in. As the two split up to search the apartment, Jack quietly tries to sneak out, but not before sticking the policeman’s two shirt sleeves in the garbage disposal of the sink. Rhodes hears the chaos so he runs into the kitchen to help. Jack and Rhodes begin to fight each other all over the apartment. While fighting, Jack steals Rhodes’ walkie-talkie and throws it into the fire, but not before telling the other policemen that the sixth floor is clear, and to move on to the seventh. Jack runs out of the apartment and jumps down the laundry chute with Rhodes close behind. The scene then turns into a car chase when Jack steals one of the policemen’s cars and Rhodes jumps in his partner’s car. Rhodes and Dray chase Jack, but loose him for a split second behind a bus. What appears to be Jack’s car comes back out from in front of the bus, and to Rhodes surprise, crashes into the side wall of the interstate and begins to burn. Rhodes jumps out of the car to see if Jack can get out, but the car blows up into a roaring ball of flames before he can help.

Setting:New Orleans, Louisiana; New York City, New York; Paris, France; and Las Vegas, Nevada in present day

Conflict:Daniel Atlas, Merritt McKinney, Henley Reeves, and Jack Wilder have joined together to form a group of magicians called the Four Horsemen. Throughout the movie, they are running from the cops and although they are trying to rob money from Arthur Tressler, the movie portrays them as the protagonist. The movie involves several instances where they are on mad chases, trying to escape the FBI and also performing schemes to unnoticeably trick them.

Theme: The main theme of the movie is: “The closer you look, the less you see.” This quote is stated at the beginning and is played out throughout the entire movie. The magicians are continuously one step ahead of the cops, such as when they hide the safe with all of the money behind a giant mirror, so that it appeared as if it were gone. This is also an example of the closer you look, the less you see. If the cops had stepped back and examined the room carefully, they would have realized there was a mirror and that the safe was behind it.

Plot: The plot of a story consists of the sequence of events in a storyClimax: The moment of highest emotional intensity within a plotConflict: The struggle between two opposing forcesSetting: Time and place of a storyTheme: The main idea of the storyProtagonist: Central character(s) in a literary work around whom the main conflict revolvesAntagonist: A person or force who opposes the central character in a storyFlashback: A scene that interrupts the present action to tell what happened at an earlier time.Irony: When the outcome of a situation is opposite of what the reader might have expectedSuspense: The quality in a literary work that makes the reader or audience uncertain or tense about what is to come next

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Protagonist: The protagonists in the movie, Now You See Me, are a group of magicians called, the Four Horsemen. They are brought together by receiving fortune teller cards and meeting up at an apartment. They team up to steal money from their benefactor, Arthur Tressler, by breaking into his bank account.

Flashback: During the movie, different scenes flash back several times to show how something was done. One example is when the scene flashes back and shows the four main characters putting the mirror up to hide the safe that has the money. Another example is when the scene shows them driving along, during the car chase, to try and slow down Dylan Rhodes, the FBI investigator, so he can't get to Jack Wilder.

Irony: The majority of the movie consist of Dylan Rhodes trying to track down the Four Horsemen and prove that they stole the money. It’s ironic because at the end of the movie, you find out that Rhodes is actually “The Eye”, which means he is the magician that brought them together in the first place.

Suspense: This movie is full of suspense, not only from the magic tricks themselves, but by the action that is involved. Near the beginning, you see Henley Reeves supposedly get eat by piranhas and it’s an intense moment to think that within the first twelve minutes, one of the main characters dies. Then she appears in the crowd miraculously.

Antagonist: Throughout the movie, Dylan Rhodes seems to be against the Four Horsemen. He tries to do everything in his power to catch them and stop them from successfully getting away with their plan to steal the money. He talked to Thaddeus several times to try to get help, but no matter how much he tried, they were always one step ahead of him. For example, when he thinks he’s finally got their truck that has the safe with money in the back, it turns out to just be balloons instead of money.

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