A Scary Social Setting & Slick Magic Tricks Tonight!

June 8, 2013 at 3:11 AM (childcare and child protection, current news, human life issues, legal issues, movie reviews, political atmosphere, public debate, social opinion, web gossip)

Film number one was The Purge!  It begins in March of 2022, with James Sandin (Ethan Hawke) and his wife, Mary (Lena Headey), preparing for the evening.  The nation has reached a point where crime has overtaken civility, so drastic steps have been enacted to solve the situation.  The national government has allowed for an annual event to occur, when crime and violence are allowed for twelve hours without legal repercussion, or medical assistance!

It is March 21, 2022 when this annual Purge takes place.  The Sandins lock down their home like everyone else within their neighborhood.  However, shortly into the start of the night, a strange man comes banging at their door, pleading for help.  They suspect it to be a rouse, as crime is so rampant at this point. However, this man seems to be genuinely hurt.  Then, The Sandin’s naïve (stupid?), teenaged son, Charlie (Max Burkholder) opens the door to a man who claims to be injured and desperately in need of help!

The man did have a deep wound to his abdominal region, and he needed medical attention.  However, The Sandins’ home was not the location to find it, as young Charlie merely made his family subject to the wrath of the wantonly attacking neighbors.  They announced to The Sandins that they were to surrender this man within one hour, or their house would be burned down, with everyone inside killed!

The Purge

We saw Now You See Me for our second feature!  This was an alluring feature that kept the audience interested in the plot, while likely trying to be sure that everyone was keeping up with what was really happening!  It starts with the introductions of Daniel Atlas (Jesse Eisenberg), Merritt McKinney (Woody Harrelson), Jack Wilder (Dave Franco), and Henley Reeves (Isla Fisher).  Each is a part-time magician / street performer.

The group gets invited to an apartment that turns out to be empty, yet the find schematics for a magic show machine that could benefit their act financially.  They regroup, adopt the name of The Four Horsemen, and perform in Las Vegas.  It is there where one show is used for them as a set-up for a bank robbery.  Wilder calls out to one of the audience members, asking for the name of a bank.  The person gives the name of a bank that is in France.  Wilder has this person to come to the stage, to sign a card, then the man is magically transported to Paris!

Once in Paris, this audience member is inside of a bank.  He is instructed to place the signed card inside of the bank safe, then to turn on a vacuum that sucks money out of the bank safe in Paris, and distributes it into the Las Vegas audience!  The Parisian bank opens the following day with no money, and no realization as to what happened to their funds!

Interpol and The F.B.I. get involved with what is happening.  F.B.I. Agent Dylan Rhodes (Mark Ruffalo) teams with Interpol Agent Alma Vargas (Melanie Laurent) to pursue this case.  They start with interviewing the audience member who was transported from Las Vegas to France, learning that he had been hypnotized.  They proceed to interrogate The Four Horsemen, having no real luck because the magicians are sly with their answers, and they use magic to taunt the investigators!  The questionings lead to no answers for The F.B.I., so they have to release the magicians.  However, a sudden clue from an F.B.I. agent lets Agent Rhodes know that long-time criminal suspect Thaddeus Bradley (Morgan Freeman) is involved with this act!

The Four Horsemen have a sold-out show planned for New Orleans.  They recognize that Bradley is in the audience, as is their financial sponsor Arthur Tressler (Michael Caine), so they try to show their best acts.  The group perform well-practiced acts, then they move to a grand finale.  At this point, the group lures Tressler to the stage, where they perform an act that obtains the information from his bank account, emptying it, then spreading all of the money throughout the audience!  Police are called; they try chasing the magicians and they do not catch them!

Dylan and Alma brood over this embarrassment, yet they plan to catch The Four Horsemen before they can make another such act.  Alma has knowledge of a secret magicians’ group known as “The Eye”, which was known for stealing from the wealthy, then giving to the poor.  Dylan was uncertain about any connections, yet Alma believed that there could be.  They opted to interrogate Thaddeus Bradley for additional clues, then having Thaddeus positioned to be hired by Arthur Tressler to get a one-up on The Four Horsemen!

The Horsemen are in New York City.  They are unknowingly following instructions of Tressler, as one of them, Jack (Dave Franco) is nervous about the events.  The group leaves Jack alone to destroy the evidence afterward for their clean getaway, but he is found out by the police.  Jack is chased by the cops on a televised broadcast, and it is seen when his car flips, then explodes on the night streets of New York City!

Jack’s chase is posted online by his fellow magicians, as a manner of mourning his loss.  Alma and Dylan find out that The Horsemen mean to rob another F.B.I. safe, yet they are not on that case because their authorities believe that other agents would be more qualified to handle this particular situation.  Yet, as the new F.B.I. team go to this safe to try protecting it, they find that it’s location is vacant, with an hypnotized agent there telling them new details for transporting the safe!  They follow these plans, finding that they meet up with Thaddeus Bradley, and that they have been outdone by The Horsemen again with trying to get hold of the real money!

Dylan makes an effort to try arresting The Horsemen at a performance, yet they get away through the use of props, mannequins, and holograms!  Again, they distribute money to the audience from the air as the flee, yet the money is all fake!  Dylan opts to end his pursuit of The Four Horsemen, and to follow his romantic quest of Alma.  Thaddeus ends up being arrested by The F.B.I. after the real money turns up in his car from the stolen safe (a la The Horsemen….)!  He gets to prison, telling Dylan that he was framed, yet through the discussion, Thaddeus comes to realize that Dylan was the one that set him up from the beginning!

Alma gets back to France.  She comes across a newspaper, finding an article about a magician who tried to do a trick underwater, but he drowned.  Dylan then shows up, and he admits to Alma that this man who drowned was his father.  Dylan said that he created The Horsemen to get revenge on those who were involved on the drowning of his father, and the acts that left his family without any money afterward!

Now You See Me (2013) Poster


 Oh, yes!  I have been waiting for next week’s prime feature!  Like so many people, I have been a fan of Superman since childhood!  I expect Man of Steel to be nothing less than spectacular!  The trailers have been awesome, as Henry Cavill is really looking the part of Clark Kent / Kal-El, and the more I see of the updated General Zod seems to be so deliciously devilish!  I am so excited!  OOOH!!!

Of course, this summer is packed with fantastic cinematic releases!  June alone still has The Heat, White House Down, and World War Z!  July will burst forth with The Lone Ranger, Pacific Rim, R.I.P.D., and Red 2!  Plus, there are several other films!

Go to bed wishing on a star……….


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