Now You See Me 2

Now You See Me 2

Out Now On-Demand

The Four Horsemen – Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco and Lizzy Caplan (replacing Isla Fisher) – are back in this sequel to the 2013 illusionist heist adventure. This time, they’re joined by a familiar-looking magician… Daniel Radcliffe.

One year after outwitting the FBI and winning the public's adulation with their Robin Hood-style magic spectacles, the Horsemen resurface for a comeback performance in hopes of exposing the unethical practices of a tech magnate. The man behind their vanishing act is none other than Walter Mabry (Radcliffe), a tech prodigy who threatens the Horsemen into pulling off their most impossible heist yet. Their only hope is to perform one last unprecedented stunt to clear their names and reveal the mastermind behind it all.

The sequel that should have been called Now You Don’t is slightly better than the first Now You See Me. That’ll either have you super excited or completely uninterested in this follow-up. Hopefully you’re the former, because that means you’ll happily forgive some preposterous and downright stupid stuff in order to see some pretty nifty set pieces.

The film wastes very little time getting to The Horsemens' first grand trick: a very cool infiltration scene that combines sleight-of-hand, hypnotism and misdirection. They then find themselves in China for some reason (get used to that trope) before being forced into another grand infiltration.

Why is this all happening? It’s as simple as this: someone doesn’t like The Horsemen and wants them to steal an important thingy about technology and privacy and stuff. There’s little else to chew on, story-wise, and what’s left just feels like time-filler – especially a dull subplot involving Mark Ruffalo’s character.

Adding to the returning cast list is Isla Fisher’s replacement Lizzy Caplan, playing a new recruit whose character is a lot like a shell game – you don’t know if what she’ll say next is funny, annoying or about how badly she wants to bone Dave Franco (who can blame her?). Daniel Radcliffe does well as a smarmy douche and Woody Harrelson gets a second role as an evil twin brother, dishing out more ham than a luncheon factory.

The characters’ light-hearted jokiness helps get us to the good stuff, like an incredibly slick scene where the four hide a computer chip on a playing card and flick it back-n-forth to dodge security. The finale is also entertainingly absurd in a Fast & Furious kind of way; it’s like seeing Vin Diesel cut an entire city in half with a saw and explaining exactly how he did it.

FilmInk (Australia)

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Arrestingly entertaining from beginning to end.

The Age (Australia)

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I have fond memories of Louis Leterrier's cheerfully ridiculous 2013 caper Now You See Me, but I didn't really need another one.

Hollywood Reporter

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No less than in the glossy caper's 2013 predecessor, the plot rides a surging tide of ridiculousness and culminates in a pileup of unconvincing explanations.

Variety (USA)

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A madly spinning top of a movie, powered by an eagerness to please that somehow comes off as more innocent than calculated.

Stuff.co.nz (Graeme Tuckett)

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From that vastly unpromising, tedious, predictable and then laughably bad opening stanza, Now You See Me 2 just gets steadily worse.
PercyM

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Enjoyable.

It attempts to trail over the dust of its predecessor with new twists, tricks, characters and a "save-the-world" plot.


Now You See Me 2 is the sequel to the 2013 film with the same title. This time with bigger illusions, out of this world magic tricks and ridiculous heists. With majority of the cast returning, is Now You See Me 2 able to capture the same excitement and intrigue as the first one did?

Under the watchful gaze of a secret organization called The Eye, The Four Horsemen are reunited for another heist disguised as an illusion. But when things go south and the act sabotaged, it’s up to The Horsemen to figure out who’s playing the tricks on them.

With this being a sequel it’s expected for this to have bigger spectacles and crazier magic tricks and we get that here. The tricks were impressive and as ridiculous as they were, they’re incredible to watch. A certain scene involved a card being passed around in a room and it’s easily the best scene in the movie. Woody Harrelson has a bigger role this time around and he’s great in some scenes. His subplot is not very interesting and can be considered cliched but his over the top performance is a breath of fresh air.

Sad to say this movie suffers from what many call sequelitis. The tricks and spectacles are bigger however story-wise it’s filled with plot holes and inconsistencies. The plot is extremely convoluted and there’s a lot of sub plots to keep track off.

The movie takes itself way seriously than it should as the magicians themselves are seemingly able to fight armed men with tricks and illusions. And as ridiculous as it looks it takes away the fun that a magic/heist movie should have. Another issue with the movie is it relied too much on a certain “move” to forward the plot. The “move” itself is so unbelievable to the point where it could have been a superpower.

Even with the addition of Daniel Radcliffe, Lizzy Caplan and the extremely talented Jay Chou the movie is mediocre at best. Jessie Eisenberg himself seems very uninterested in his role though Morgan Freeman works with what material he’s got. Daniel Radcliffe did bring a little bit of an excitement but all of it fades away as he becomes your typical one dimensional British villain.

Overall Now You See Me 2, could have been a smarter movie, especially with it’s underlying message about surveillance and privacy. Unfortunately it’s another case of style over substance as it’s convoluted plot drags the movie down tremendously resulting into nothing but a magical mess.

Booper

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The opening sequence of this was so good, I was so keen to see where it would lead and surprised considering the reviews I had read prior. Then Woody Harrelson's twin appeared and it all kind of went downhill. I didn't feel any of the new characters worked that well especially Daniel Radcliffe. Overall was very predictable none of the 'twists' were very surprising but I enjoy watching the magic segments so I will give it three stars. For a 2 hour action movie I didn't think it was too badly paced.


Just average

Enjoyable family flick but did not enjoy it as much as the first. Run time was also too long I think.