A sequel is due this summer to this super-slick tale, in which four Las Vegas street magicians appear to rob banks as part of their hi-tech show and draw the attention of the FBI. The original is the Ocean’s Eleven of prestidigitation, one of those artful set-ups that quickly trains you to trust nothing that meets your eye (“The more you think you see, the easier it will be to fool you,” baritones Morgan Freeman), which can be thrilling but also exhausting. An enticingly motley cast – Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher and Dave (brother of James) Franco as the illusionists, Mark Ruffalo and Mélanie Laurent their agency nemeses, and Michael Caine as a vengeful industrialist – coupled with zappy direction from Louis Leterrier (Clash of the Titans), give the story a wipe-clean sheen and plenty of visual heft. But your patience may be tested by the tricks-within-a-trick-within-etc. And when Eisenberg smugly says, “Always be the smartest guy in the room,” you might wish he’d disappear.
A group of soldiers bitch about fighting in a conflict that has nothing to do with them in that rare beast – a Vietnam War movie from Australia. The top-notch cast features a particularly fine Bryan Brown.
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