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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Now You See Me 2: Movie Review

By: Matt Suzara

The "Four Horsemen" J Daniel Atlas (Jesse Eisenberg), Jack Wilder (Dave Franco), Merritt Mc Kinney (Woody Harrelson) and their newest recruit Lula (Lizzy Caplan) decided to make their come-back by hijacking the launch of a mobile phone company. However, their plan backfired and they all end up in Macau where they met Walter (Daniel Radcliffe) who offers them to get their lives back if they could steal something for him. Soon, the horsemen find themselves planning for the most complicated heist they could ever imagine as they need to overcome the odds and find the true mastermind behind all of this scheme.  

Now You See Me was a surprise hit in 2013, and again the whole cast is back minus the gorgeous Isla Fisher. What made the first film a success is because of the innovative ideas of mixing magic and theft at the same time while revealing the tricks that will surely amuse you. It also had a charming cast, and a fast-paced story that you can easily catch up to. However, in this sequel, the magic is still there, but they didn't come-up with crazier ideas on how to surpass the previous installment. It focused more on the back story of Dylan Rhodes mixing it with a lot more twists that will certainly blow your mind in the end. 

They gave out a consistent storytelling and still provided those amazing moments that are fantastic to watch. The cast were pretty solid throughout in giving entertainment factor to their characters. If you can't get enough of Woody Harrelson on the first film, you will now have to endure two of them, which are both hilarious at some point. Jesse Eisenberg, Morgan Freeman, Dave Franco and Mark Ruffalo all did well in reprising their roles while it was good to see the new additions Jay Chou and Daniel Radcliffe joining into the picture. It was a sad news when I first found out that Isla Fisher is out of the cast (because she is pregnant while they were filming) but Lizzy Caplan just totally nailed and proved that she is a perfect and worthy replacement for that lone woman horseman role. 

Overall, Now You See Me is still enjoyable at times but not that spectacular like the first one. It takes an alternative route and slowly builds its momentum heading on to the grand finale. It is hard to expect much to a film that doesn't really need a sequel, but still they managed to provide a decent story out of it less the uniqueness that made the first film memorable. The third film already got a green light for next year, and I really hope they could sum up a great story plus whole new inventive illusions to make another spectacular film out of this franchise.

Lakwatsera Lovers rates it 8 out of 10 stars 

Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Daniel Radcliffe, Mark Ruffalo

Directed by: Jon M. Chu
Distributed by: Pioneer Films
Now Showing in cinemas nationwide 

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