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Review
3 July 2013

A hooded mystery man assembles four commercial tricksters to form a troupe that specialises in using a grandstanding magic stunt to carry out a major crime - rob a bank, defraud an insurance company - and then shower the audience with cash.

Led by Jesse Eisenberg's snarky illusionist, they also include his fiery ex, escapologist Henley (Fisher), roguish con artist Jack (Franco) and 'mentalist', or mindreader - the American definition is obviously different to the British, Merritt (Harrelson).

Their first display of illusory chutzpah is a sparkling Las Vegas show whose centrepiece is the teleporting of a French audience member to his bank is central Paris...which has been cleaned out of Euros which then rain down on a stupefied crowd.

Naturally, this brings the quartet - known as the Four Horsemen - to the attention of frazzled FBI investigator Mark Ruffalo and his fetching French Interpol sidekick Alma (Mélanie Laurent) as well as Thaddeus Bradley (Freeman), a professional debunker of magic acts such as theirs.