Now You See Me 2 (2016)
After disappearing after the events of the first movie, the 4 Horsemen (Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco, Lizzy Caplin) are forced to resurface when a new mastermind (Daniel Radcliffe) exposes their secrets and blackmails them into stealing something highly important. Relying heavily on their skills, the four have to work together to not get caught, all the while, their recruiter Dylan Rhodes (Mark Ruffalo) has to focus on their scapegoat from the previous heist, Thaddeus (Morgan Freeman), who is plotting revenge from his jail cell.
Picking up at the end of the first movie, the first thing you are going to notice is the absence of Isla Fisher and that is because she is pregnant with Borat’s baby (true story). Her replacement is Lizzy Caplin and she is a decent exchange, but I’m more interested to see what they do for the 3rd installment that was announced even before this one was made.
I was a fan of the first movie when many people said it was not very good, but this time around, I wasn’t impressed. Sure, it has all the charm and fun of the first movie, but when it came down to the stunts, special effects and believability of the story, I was not on board. By the very nature of the movie, I was expecting twist within a twist within a twist and that is pretty much what we got. You might think because I expected it to happen, I would have liked it more, but because the story was so muddled and contorted, I was lost and couldn’t figure out what was truly happening. Sadly, when I finally was clued in to what is going on, I didn’t care because nothing was believable.
I think the major thing that turned me off to this movie was the unbelievably bad special effects. The entire scene when everyone was throwing the card from person to person in the vault has horrible special effects and I didn’t buy it for a second. Everything was too convenient and they should have all been dead by the time the credits rolled. The FBI was shown as a bunch of stupid morons running from place to place just a tad too late.
When everything is said and done, on paper, the idea of the movie is cool and interesting, but for a movie that is over 2 hours, I was often looking for the trick or gag that was going to change everything. Nothing was what it seems to be, and even for a movie about magic, it wasn’t a good thing. Co-starring Michael Caine, David Warshofsky, Jay Chou, Sanaa Lathan, and Tsai Chin.
5/10 Stars – Took the idea of the first movie and added way too much clutter. For a movie about magic, this movie had way too many tricks and twists to make it easy to watch.