Now You See Me 2 (2016) Review

Rating: 6 / 10

An ok sequel that brings back the great talent from the first movie, but lacks bringing something new to the series.

Plot: The Four Horsemen resurface and are forcibly recruited by a tech genius to pull off their most impossible heist yet.

Starring:

  • Jesse Eisenberg as J. Daniel Atlas
  • Mark Ruffalo as Agent Dylan Rhodes/Shrike
  • Woody Harrelson as Merritt McKinney and Chase McKinney
  • Dave Franco as Jack Wilder
  • Daniel Radcliffe as Walter Mabry
  • Lizzy Caplan as Lula May
  • Morgan Freeman as Thaddeus Bradley
  • and many more

Directed by: Jon M. Chu

Written by: Ed Solomon (story, screenplay), Peter Chiarelli (screenplay)

When the news hit that Now You See Me is getting a sequel – I was surprised that they would make another one. I kind of didn’t see that there might be a potential sequel to that story. One was good enough – the first brought really something new and was really interesting to watch. With all the magic tricks and the plot twists, it was ecstatic to see everything. I was always stunned when I saw the tricks in the first movie and was yelling at the screen when a plot twist happens – sounds like a overjoyed kid watching a movie. And I was hoping for this movie to bring that magic back. But it didn’t bring the magic.

In this one we get almost all the cast back and they all are great in their performances. For me the stand out performance was from Woody Harrelson playing Merritt McKinney and Chase McKinney – he was so, so funny in the double role. I just was laughing so much when I saw the character of Chase come on screen. For me the downside of the performances was the dialogues between all the characters. It sometimes felt crappy and boring but with everything the actors are given to work with they do their best. It would’ve been much better if the script would’ve been better. Just sayin’…..

The movie started really strong. It kind of felt a step forward from the first movie. Offering us a lot of jokes, cool tricks and new characters (Daniel Radcliffe adding – he was good in this movie). But later in the movie the jokes were getting boring and the tricks were becoming too extreme – sometimes not even explaining how the tricks worked. Don’t let me get started on the plot. The plot was interesting and got you hooked at the beginning but later on everything (as the jokes) got so boring and I didn’t care anymore. The movie had so many plot holes and it’s a shame that this kind of movie should have them. The whole story is so predictable – as I said it doesn’t bring nothing new and you can see from a mile away how the trick was done and what will happen. The movie itself looked good but the director had to put more thought in the story. Maybe cut the movie better so that some plot holes will not be seen.

It sometimes felt that the magic tricks they made where so unrealistic. It offered a lot of science magic but not real magic. I want sometimes to see some cool traditional magic not extreme tricks like – making water move where you want it to move (in a large scale) and so on and so on. They shouldn’t have doubled the size of the tricks from the first movie. Sometimes it feels like if the movie has a number 2 in it, they should make everything bigger. But for this movie it backfired. Some tricks/stunts had lot of CGI in it and it looked just awful. You can see the CGI and it didn’t look good. What was the point? Maybe to make it look cool – and it backfired again. Keep it simple.

In simple words – see the movie but DON’T THINK about the mistakes Now You See Me 2 does. Putting too much thought in to it will make you hate the movie. So turn of your brain and watch the screen enjoying a fun adventure with a cast that is enjoyable to see on the screen. Let’s hope that Now You See Me 3 will be a better one and bring something new.

For more information, check out: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3110958/

 

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