Watched 2013's Now You See Me on free to air TV last Friday. Some observations:
* talk about your "high concept" movie with a simple pitch: rogue magicians do bank heists live - while performing in front of an audience! Cool!
* talk about your "high concept" movie that fails to convince: all flashy, swirling camera movement; but wildly improbable and complicated plotting with really terrible characters . Does any character in this movie reach any level of likeability? Barely.
* Woody Harrelson in particular - an actor who has evolved from "likeable doofus" to "smartass with a face that's just begging to be smacked". OK, so his character was meant to be annoying, I think. But unfortunately, his face and manner just fits that role too well.
* how did it get a sequel??