Movie Monday: Now You See Me

This week for Movie Monday I’m covering a movie that is often overlooked for more action oriented flicks. It’s Now You See Me!

Plot Synopsis: Four magicians each answer a mysterious summons to an obscure address with secrets inside. A year later, they are the Four Horsemen, big time stage illusionists who climax their sold out Las Vegas show with a bank apparently robbed for real.

Plot: The plot is pretty good, and it definitely had enough twists and turns that I enjoyed the hell out of it. Considering that I watched this with my family on a whim from On Demand one late winter night years ago I have to admit it was one doozy of a ride. I won’t spoil anything by going further, but the tagline of “The closer you look, the less you’ll see.” sure does hold true.

Characters: The entire cast is awesome, with my favorite characters being played by Mark Ruffalo (of Hulk fame from the Marvel Cinematic Universe) and Morgan Freeman.

Cinematography: I admit to having a bit of a hazy memory on the special effects used, but I remember being rather impressed, although nothing like you’d see in a Lucasfilm movie like Star Wars.

Overall: If you enjoy Bank Heist movies, and/or Illusionists you’ll love Now You See Me.

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Manga Monday: Black Cat by Kentaro Yabuki

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This week I’m covering a favorite series of mine, Black Cat by Kentaro Yabuki.

Plot Synopsis: Chronos, an organization bent on world peace, rules one third of the world’s economy. To maintain the balance of the world, Chronos is therefore essential, and there is a need for people to protect Chronos. Thirteen special elite assassins each possess unique orichalcum-forged weapons and are called the Chrono Numbers, assassins who work for Chronos. When the thirteenth Chronos Number Train Heartnet, also known as the infamous Black Cat, meets a Sweeper (licensed bounty hunter) named Saya Minatsuki.

Plot: The plot is amazing and is quite good, I actually wish this series had lasted longer, but than Yabuki would never have made To Love-Ru.

Characters: Train is a joy to read as are the rest of the characters.

Art: The art is quite good, although not quite as good as Yabuki’s later works like To Love-Ru.

Overall: If you like action series read this one.

For those who like: Action, Redemption Stories, Shonen Jump series, Adventure.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above.