First trailer for Now You See Me asks: What if David Blaine started a magic gang of thieves?

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Can modern day magic ever really be "cool" again? The art form has been pretty brutalized by folks like Criss Angel and David Blaine, and yet Hollywood still thinks they can presto-changeo modern perception into some kind of "Oceans 11 with magic" movie with the upcoming Now You See Me. But can it work?


Jesse Eisenberg plays the magician Atlas of the magic group The Four Horsemen, made up of Dave Franco, Woody Harrelson and Isla Fisher (and if these names are any indication, no, the movie absolutely cannot work. Seriously. Atlas? The Four Horsemen? Was "Kane" taken?). Together they rob a bank. Cue furious FBI Agent Mark Ruffalo, who is ready to make an example out of these no good, magic kids. The end.

Take a look at the trailer:


I'm still on the fence on this one, but it's directed by Louis Leterrier of the Clash of the Titans remake, so that's no good. Best case scenario, Now You See Me becomes an international sensation, sparking rogue magic gangs across the country. The film hits theateres on June 17th; the official synopsis is below.

The Four Horsemen, a magic super-group led by the charismatic ATLAS (Jesse Eisenberg), perform a pair of high-tech magic shows, first astonishing audiences by robbing a bank on another continent, and then exposing a white-collar criminal and funneling his millions into the audience members' bank accounts.

FBI Special Agent DYLAN (Mark Ruffalo) is determined to make the magicians pay for their crimes-and to stop them before they pull off what promises to be an even more audacious heist. But he's forced to partner with ALMA (Melanie Laurent), an Interpol detective about whom he is instantly suspicious. Out of desperation he turns to THADDEUS (Morgan Freeman), a famed magic debunker, who claims the bank heist was accomplished using disguises and video trickery. One thing Dylan and Alma agree on is that the Horsemen must have an outside point person, and that finding him (or her) is key to ending the magicians' crime spree. Could it be Thaddeus? Or Alma? Or could it really be…magic?

As pressure mounts and the world awaits the Horsemen's spectacular final trick, Dylan and Alma race to find an answer. But it soon becomes painfully clear that staying one step ahead of these masters of illusion is beyond the skills of any one man-or woman.

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Is a movie that features both Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine *allowed* to do badly? Isn't there some sort of fundamental law of the universe to prevent something like that from being a flop?