The Four Horsemen, a magic super-group led by the charismatic Atlas (Jesse Eisenberg), perform a pair of high-tech, high-profile magic shows exposing a white-collar criminal and funneling his millions into the audience members' bank accounts, baffling the authorities with their intricately planned capers.
FBI Special Agent Dylan Hobbs (Mark Ruffalo) is determined to make the magicians pay for their crimes—and to stop them before they pull off what promises to be an even more audacious heist. But he’s forced to partner with Alma (Mélanie Laurent), an Interpol detective about whom he is instantly suspicious.
Out of desperation, he turns to Thaddeus (Morgan Freeman), a famed magic debunker, who claims the Paris bank trick was actually a meticulously planned illusion. Dylan and Alma begin to wonder if the Horsemen have an outside point person. If so, finding him (or her) would be the key to ending the magicians' crime spree. But who could it be? Or could it really be magic?
As pressure mounts and the world awaits the Horsemen’s spectacular final trick, Dylan and Alma race to stay one step ahead of the magicians. But it soon becomes clear that outmaneuvering these masters of illusion is beyond the skills of any one man—or woman.
The film stars Jesse Eisenberg ('The Social Network', 'Zombieland'), Mark Ruffalo ('The Avengers', 'Shutter Island'), Woody Harrelson ('The Hunger Games', '2012'), Melanie Laurent ('Inglourious Basterds'), Isla Fisher ('Wedding Crashers'), Dave Franco ('21 Jump Street', 'Scrubs'), Common ('Terminator Salvation', 'Wanted'), José Garcia, with Michael Caine ('Inception', 'The Dark Knight') and Morgan Freeman ('Olympus Has Fallen', 'Million Dollar Baby').
The film is directed by Louis Leterrier ('Clash of The Titans', 'The Incredible Hulk').
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