A movie about individual tricksters, brought together and carrying out heists, “Now You See Me” had a lot of great elements. Among those that drew me into the story, as the on-screen audiences were drawn into magic acts, the movie included some of my favorite stars. They take you through a story mixed with mystery, suspense, action, humor and a bit of romance. The special effects were impressive as elaborate shows were performed for fans of magic.

Early on in the movie, Henley’s (Isla Fisher) tank trick freaked me out shortly after she began to pound on the glass. I read something in an article about that scene and after knowing what was stated in it, I’d see what happened differently. Any move made by Fisher in that moment, it would simply appear as a way for her character to really convince the on-screen audience of the stunt’s authenticity. And to scare them into believing any danger.

J Daniel Atlas (Jesse Eisenberg) and Jack Wilder (Dave Franco) also have scenes that introduce their magic talents into the story. Like Henley, they each obtain particular playing cards and are gathered together with Merritt (Woody Harrelson) for the first time. Inside an apartment, they seem bewildered at a magic trick message left for them, which made for a cool transition into the movie title.

Dylan Rhodes (Mark Ruffalo), who investigates the magicians collectively known as The Four Horsemen, is very skeptical of them. He meets with a man named Thaddeus Bradley (Morgan Freeman) for assistance in learning how the popular tricksters put on a show with more going on behind scenes. An “A-ha!” moment, but in real-life, it creates a sense of wanting to be extra careful with simply passing others on a street or how much a person can reveal. It was another element that made this movie very interesting, with lessons of caution. Rhodes, although tough and grounded as he questions J Daniel, is floored by the sharp-tongued magician when he least expects it.

The scene of bank totals, between an audience and Kressler (Michael Caine) was another instance that reminded me of real-life issues. In this case, it was in regard to differences between the average working-class people and how a rich CEO could impact their lives.

On a lighter note, one humorous moment for me was when Evans (Common) turned out to be not quite himself. I wondered, when did he fall prey to any magic tricks? It happened out of nowhere. But I think it worked as a means of distraction that The Four Horsemen used to gain every minute possible for their getaway.

In the apartment, a fight between Jack and Rhodes was pretty impressive, in part because of the young magician’s quick moves. I couldn’t help but cringe over the one FBI agent and his predicament. Then there is the following car chase; I felt disappointed about the outcome, yet was wondering if it was a trick. But how? That’s what I loved about the storyline; it kept me guessing and had clever reveals. To top it off, I just saw the trailer for “Now You See Me 2” on IMDb; can’t wait for this sequel!