“Just when you thought you had seen every trick!”
Apart from the very unoriginal title, Now You See Me 2, the 2016 sequel to 2013’s Now You See Me, far out performs its block buster predecessor, offering more plot twists, thrills and mind blowing magic tricks!
For those who haven’t seen the first film, Now You See Me in summary, is about a troupe of talented magicians in a scheme to bring down a malevolent financier. Now You See Me 2 is about the magicians trying to evade capture while contending with shadowy forces out to destroy them.
This enthralling sequel takes place a year after the events of the first film, the same characters of the first film are back, minus Henley Reeves played by Isla Fisher, who is briefly mentioned to have left the group because she didn’t want to be part of the Four Horsemen anymore. J. Daniel Atlas (played by Jesse Eisenberg), Merritt McKinney (Woody Harrelson) and Jack Wilder (Dave Franco) are still in hiding and continuing to practice their magic.
Michael Cain and Morgan Freeman reprise their roles as extremely wealthy business man Arthur Tressler and Thaddeus Bradley. Thaddeus is an ageing magician who made a career debunking other magician’s and who currently resides in jail. Daniel Radcliffe and Lizzy Caplan make great additions to the cast. Radcliffe plays Walter Marby, a chipper British villain, who hires the horsemen to steal a peace of new technology for him. Radcliffe continues to prove himself as an extremely versatile actor with great comic timing. There’s certainly a certain irony to the boy wizard now playing a magic-obsessed man. Caplan comes in to replace Isla Fisher’s female character and brings a freshness and female sassiness to the male dominated group of magicians.
The only fault I find with this film is that it offers a logical answer to everything, subsequently, dismissing the air of mystery around magic that the first film left us with. Other than that, the sequel is a fun amped up version of the first one, I’ll give it a 4 star!
Written by Sophie Watts
Posted on 10/08/2016
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