Cert: 12A Runtime: 129 mins Director: Jon M.Chu Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco, Lizzy Caplan, Daniel Radcliffe, Mark Ruffalo, Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman
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Now You See Me caught me by surprise in 2013, I never expected to have that much fun with a movie. Unsurprisingly we expected a sequel now three years later the Horsemen are back. So what is Now You See Me 2 about? The Four Horseman are back Danny Atlas (Jesse Eisenberg), Merritt McKinney (Woody Harrelson) and Jack Wilder (Dave Franco). One year on from outwitting the FBI and winning the public’s adulation with their mind-bending spectacles. This time, they find themselves face to face with a new enemy who enlists them to pull off their most dangerous heist yet…
While the original was refreshing, this one treads the same waters. I was pleasantly surprised by the twists and turns the original offered us, here everything is telegraphed and predicted a few scenes beforehand. Thus the magic is gone, to a degree. The spectacle is still there is some sequences, yet the revelation is timid. I had to stop thinking about logic a lot of times in order to enjoy the spectacle. One sequence involving the team throwing a card between each other to keep it hidden from people inspecting them, was really well done. But why do they need to throw it to each other? Why not just have one of them keep it and continuously hide it? I don’t know. Double goes for a plot hole that I simply do not understand involving a fake chip and the real one. NYSM2 doesn’t bother to explain much that makes sense and instead tries to explain what we already know.