The characters are cocky and annoying. Had the movie ended by simply revealing that the four were wizards, it would be more believable. Despite her many issues, and the secrecy surrounding Lacey like a dark cloak, I found her plucky and enigmatic, and feared for her safety when she is suddenly thrust into the path of a sadistic killer. Once the investigation gets under way there seems to be more questions about this woman and not many answers. This is the story of what happens when hope comes back to haunt you. It was wooden, inauthentic and the sort of dialogue that was so obvious that a child could figure it out from the context in the film. A past that we find out about bit by bit.
Of course the problem with re-reading this book is that I never have the shivery thrill of the first time. Creepiest of all is the image of a boy, dark and angry looking. . The only trickery happening here is being hypnotised by the highly intriguing trailer, only to find you yourself have been robbed as you sit in disbelief that you paid to see a film that is about as unique and intricate as a card game of snap! If you are squeamish about the Ripper stuff and skim the first half of the book, slow down about Chapter 59. I also like Jack Wilder, played by Dave Franco, because he is the craftiest of the magicians.
I felt like the director was content to dazzle us with action and effects and to take our money while demanding our total credulity on the plot points, using the angle provided by magic in a rather disingenuous way. The woman dies on the scene in the parking lot near Lacey's car. No time to clip her ears but plenty of times for funny little games. Its rushed and doesn't identify with its audience since the characters are put in a setting that's completely ludicrous. Many fiction novels have been based on the Jack the Ripper Killings, but this one definitely has a style of it's own. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.
Last summer I briefly returned to my young girl passion of reading Modern Gothic thrillers. She becomes worried that she will be seen as a suspect herself. The plot is solid, drawing off the Jack-The-Ripper copycat theme, but so much more involved. It's all about appearances and show in this one, rather than actually being brilliant, the characters and story just ask you take their brilliance for granted. There are a couple of moderately graphic descriptions of rape but the scene are short.
I absolutely loved the Ripper copycat aspect of the book. Briefly to summarize the plot. The ending had so many twists and turns I think I have whiplash, but I enjoyed every second. Like Jack the Ripper eh? Thaddeus pops up to lecture other characters on the history and traditions of magic and give viewers a chance to visit the concession stand. Then, without explanation, the character essentially disappears and we only hear of her second hand. It had pretty much everything I love about a novel all rolled into one.
I was drawn to the plot like a moth to a flame. Fast paced thriller that you won't want to put down. Sharon Bolton introduces us to her quite complicated character, Lacey Flint, a young detective constable working the crime scenes of London. I liked the revelations and I want to know more about Lacey Flint so when I have time will I definitely read the next book. No one believes the connections are anything more than a sadistic killer's game, not even Lacey, whom the killer seems to be taunting specifically.
The only reason I'm rating it four stars, is because I have to admit, I had guessed the big reveal about a hundred pages into the book, and was a little disappointed at the ending. After watching this movie I guess you feel the same way as when a magic trick has been reviled. It was difficult to hear of the anguish of the people in Oklahoma City. It didn't give things away before they were supposed to be, as some books I've read have done. The copycat killer is intent on involving Lacey and it is clear this is personal. This time I hesitated for bit because this was a modern copy cat Jack the Ripper. I think that the way that we don't know what happened to Danny is a massive incentive to carry on reading.
As such the cliché riddled plot is actually not there at all. She and Andrew now live in a village in the Chiltern Hills, not far from Oxford, with their son and the latest addition to the family: Lupe, the lop-eared lurcher. Why didn't they just say they hypnoticed him into withdrawing the money. Dead Scared, I could almost rate a four after this reread. Each of these murders are gruesome in nature and the descriptions are moderate to high with graphic content. Great characters, interestingly dark - yet extremely enjoyable tone, well written, suspenseful, with a dash of romance. Lacey Flint is as damaged and perhaps as dangerous as the criminal that she pursues.
Unlike the original Ripper, who murdered down-trodden prostitutes, the copycat targets stylish middle-class women with families. A couple of quick lessons from this film. And it looks like the final edit came after the director and all concerned were out of steam and over budget. It's imperative that the car he's apparently driving flips and tumbles several times and ultimately bursts into flames. Detective Lacey Flint, on a different case, happens upon the first victim and from then on vacillates between being a suspect herself, a possible victim and a source of Ripper history for the investigators. Given the nature of the woman's injuries, Lacey missed the killer by mere seconds. The other two books were about nice women living in nice, cosy villages whereas Now You See Me is about a tough-woman police officer working in London.
Cinematography- This wasn't as bad the elements above but there was definitely a spot when Ruffalo was in New Orleans standing street level among cars when I probably physically squinted and thought 'sweet lord, what is this film trying to do to me? When I finished, and I finished hoping for something positive; I felt soiled by all the degradation and evil. I read this almost straight through as I could not put it down. It was a cruel punishment for him to dish out, no matter what his parents did or didn't do, and at the end of it, I found it an utterly douchey move that Danny made. One sister has died, but where is the other, and how does her past intersect with the time Lacey was living rough on the streets of London? There is not much depth to the characters and a lot of misdirection to make the climax more effective, but the misdirection only adds to the illogical nature of the plot and makes the story hollow. Where are the twists I was promised? This scene is filled with suspense, action and incredible stunts and it shows that the Horsemen are always two steps ahead.