‘Now You See Me’ is an unconventional movie with a climax you definitely won’t see coming. With several different characters with vastly dissimilar interests and stakes in the game, it’s as jumbled up as a jigsaw. However, just like we don’t understand the pattern of a billion randomly moving electrons until they produce electricity, the audience doesn’t realize that only one man is using everyone else like a puppet, until the very end.
The suspense is the key to such a movie, and after many years Now You See me comes as a refresher to the boring and predictable plot-lines of Hollywood. From the depths of recent history we have exhumed movies just like this one for you to enjoy. Here’s the list of movies similar to ‘Now You See Me’ that are our recommendations. You can watch some of these movies like Now You See Me on Netflix or Hulu or Amazon Prime.
12. Now You See Me 2 (2016)
The second installment in the Now You See Me series sees the induction of the Four Horsemen into the Eye. However, in spite of the faith they have had in the Eye for a long time and the skills gathered henceforth, a formidable villain and young hacker Walter (Daniel Radcliffe) kidnaps them with ease and brings them to China. The Horsemen are forced by the brilliant but misguided heir of their ex-enemy to steal a computer chip for him. Will the Horsemen be able to best their own tricks so that they can prove once and for all that they deserve to be in the Eye?
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11. Mindhunters (2004)
Mindhunters is FBI’s infamous Psychological profiling program which trains trainees to identify and catch serial killers. However when seven people are put on an island lone island where their training will be completed, one of them turns out to be a serial killer. He starts killing one by one the people who think they are smart enough to catch him. Will the seven people be able to identify the wolf among the sheep or will they succumb to the very thing they were trained to avoid? An ingenious suspense thriller with a climax which is sure to surprise you.
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10. Snowpiercer (2013)
A little different than the other movies on the list, Snowpiercer is a suspense thriller based in a dystopian future where Earth has frozen. Only a train is remaining which carries the surviving human population. Due to the tickets that they bought when they boarded the train, there has emerged a class system, with the poorest and most unfortunate at the back of the train living like filthy rats and the high-class rich people at the front. Will Curtis (Chris Evans) a man determined to liberate his people from the back be able to decipher an all permeating conspiracy? The suspense and the final reveal more than anything are enough reason to watch this movie.
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9. The Illusionist (2006)
Eisenheim (Edward Norton) is a master illusionist in 19th century Vienna, famous for his deceptive tricks and hypnosis. One night while performing he is reunited with his childhood love, the Duchess Von Teschen (Jessica Beil). Even though she is soon to be wedded to the crown prince Leopold, they both realize they can’t live without each other. When the prince comes to know of this, a deadly love triangle ensues which takes an ugly turn after the confrontation between the two suitors becomes public. The question that remains is: Will Prince Leopold with all his real power or Eisenheim with his magical but seemingly unreal powers win in the battle of love and wits?
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8. Focus (2015)
Nicky Spurgeon or Mellow (Will Smith) is a third-generation con artist on a big job in New Orleans. He meets out of chance a small-time hustler Jess (Margot Robbie) looking to make it big. In the process of teaching her the tricks of the trade, Mellow justifying his name falls for the femme fatale. Fearing for his reputation Nicky leaves her high and dry after completing a job, giving an impression that he was using her. However, after three years, they meet again in Buenos Aires. In between cons of their own, the couple realizes what has been brewing for so long is undeniable. Watch Will Smith and Margot Robbie get fooled by the greatest deception of them all: love.
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7. Dr. Strange (2016)
There are many ways to save lives and endless ways to look at the universe. In this standalone movie of the Marvel Movie franchise, Benedict Cumberbatch plays the iconic role of Dr. Strange, a surgeon who has lost his hands in a car accident. Let down by the western medicine he turns towards unconventional and superstitious sources of healing ending up in Nepal. There an immortal sorceress called the ‘Ancient One’ trains him in the ways of magic, opening his eyes to the parallel universes that exist amidst us. A brilliant alternative and extension of the scientific theories of our time, this movie is filled with miracles, magic, and entertainment. A fan of magic and magicians would not want to miss this.
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6. Sherlock Holmes (2009)
Based on the world famous Sherlock Holmes books of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, this movie stars the eccentric and brilliant actor Robert Downey Junior. With an incredibly sharp and inquisitive mind which he uses to solve every mystery that comes his way, Holmes is a man seldom fooled. But when Lord Blackwood, a supposed expert in black magic resurrects after death and starts killing people who conspired against him, Sherlock is forced to consider that some things can’t be explained by logic. The fans of ‘Now You See Me’ can see Sherlock as a combination of the characters of Jesse Eisenberg, Dave Franco, and Mark Ruffalo combined in one man and amplified 100 times.
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5. Zodiac (2007)
A notorious serial killer is on the loose in California with his eyes on every innocent life. The man is so sinister that he sends three letters to the San Francisco Chronicle boasting about his murderous endeavors and daring the police to catch him. In the meantime, he continues to kill people and the law enforcement in spite of having every clue with them are made sitting ducks by the perpetrator. Based on a true story, the tale of Zodiac Killer is fascinating and entertaining especially because the actual killer was never caught and is still at large.
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4. Ocean’s Eleven (2001)
A master con artists Danny Ocean (George Clooney) lost everything including all his money and beautiful wife Tess (Julia Roberts) when he went to prison. After getting released, he sees Tess with a man Benedict who owns three of the biggest casinos in Las Vegas. In a plan to kill two birds with one stone he sets up a long con. He gathers eleven best men of the trade joining hands with the likes of Brad Pitt and Matt Damon, to loot the man who took everything away from him. A movie describing how much time and effort it takes to set up a con, which can fail at any time; and hence shouldn’t be missed.
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3. Catch Me If You Can (2002)
Frank Abagnale Jr. (Leonardo DiCaprio) was a master conman who could fool anyone and don any personality. When sent to a new school he taught the class as the new substitute teacher for one whole week in spite of being a teenager. Before the age of 21, Frank duped people into giving him millions of dollars by impersonating as a doctor, lawyer, and pilot. His most famous false identity was that of a pilot for PanAm Airlines under which he even recruited air hostesses from local schools to do his dirty work. For fooling numerous United States’ banks, airports, courthouses, and hospitals FBI Inspector Carl Hanratty (Tom Hanks) starts chasing him, only to be two steps behind every time. If the story seems too good to be true, think again, because this story is hundred percent true.
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2. The Prestige (2006)
What is Magic? Where does the boundary between magic and science get blurred? In this masterpiece of a movie by Christopher Nolan, two great actors Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale try to find out the answer to these questions. Two magicians with a fierce competition of skills between them try to one-up each other with every new trick of theirs. However, a day comes that one of them takes things too far when he decides to die every night to complete his infamous ‘Vanishing Act.’ Their lives change when the other one is charged with the other one’s murder. I ask again: where does the boundary get blurred?
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1. Inception (2010)
What are dreams if not incomplete ideas that reside within our minds? They come at night when we are resting, amalgamated with other ideas and make us feel as if we are experiencing the strange, altered, and unexplainable events for real. A bad dream can wake us covered in sweat and a fulfilling dream can make the day joyful. What if you could hack these dreams just like people hack your email account? What if you could insert certain ideas into a man’s psyche, which he ends up believing are a part of his consciousness; when in reality they are yours. Wouldn’t that be a sight? Wouldn’t that be awfully similar to magic?
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