Now You See Me 2

Now You See Me 2

Jon M Chu (2016)

123min
12A Certificate
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Review

Our Score
The arena-filling magicians with a penchant for robbing the super-rich to refund their audiences return for another round of digitally finessed illusion in this bustling caper sequel. Since its predecessor revealed that Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson and compadres were unwittingly in the employ of moonlighting FBI agent Mark Ruffalo, where next for the so-called Four Horsemen? Well, Lizzy Caplan takes over from Isla Fisher as the token feisty female member, the gang find themselves tangling with evil tech-magnate Daniel Radcliffe (trying a bit too hard), while the previous movie's veteran illusionist-debunker Morgan Freeman plots his revenge from a prison cell. First-time around, the trickery seemed fresh enough to dazzle an audience glad of a break from the treadmill of superhero flicks, but here it's become a struggle to turn the material into a viable franchise. With miles of convoluted exposition to get through, the magicians themselves have little opportunity to strut their stuff - and when they do, their tricks are so patently movie effects that any sense of illusion is lost.

Summary

A gang of magicians-turned-criminals is reunited for a comeback performance by a ruthless technology magnate, who se actual goal is to force the team into carrying out a seemingly impossible heist on his behalf. The illusionists realise their only hope of avoiding the law is to perform one last unprecedented stunt to expose the businessman's illegal activities. Crime thriller sequel, starring Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Daniel Radcliffe and Morgan Freeman.

Cast & Crew

J Daniel Atlas Jesse Eisenberg
Dylan Rhodes Mark Ruffalo
Merritt McKinney / Chase McKinney Woody Harrelson
Jack Wilder Dave Franco
Walter Mabry Daniel Radcliffe
Lula Lizzy Caplan
Thaddeus Bradley Morgan Freeman
Arthur Tressler Michael Caine
Li Jay Chou
Natalie Austin Sanaa Lathan
Allen Scott-Frank Henry Lloyd-Hughes
Bu Bu Tsai Chin
Director Jon M Chu
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Other Information

Language: English, Mandarin, CantoneseColourTheatrical distributor: Entertainment OneGuidance: Some violence, swearing.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 4 Jul 2016
Drama