Now You See Me 2
Release year: 2016
Director: Jon M. Chu
Screenwriters: Ed Solomon, Peter Chiarelli
Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Mark Ruffalo, Dave Franco, Lizzy Caplan, Daniel Radcliffe, Morgan Freeman, Jay Chou
The Four Horsemen resurfaces for a comeback to expose an unethical businessman. But they are deceived and soon finds themselves blackmailed into performing an impossible heist. The magicans now must work together to try to clear their name and get the upper hand before they loose everything.
The sequel to the 2013 hit Now You See Me, has more twists and turns than its predecessor, but somehow less up its sleeve. Reuniting Eisenberg (Zombieland, 2009), Harrelson (No Country For Old Men, 2007) and Franco (21 Jump Street, 2012) with only Caplan (Hot Tub Time Machine, 2010) stepping in to replace Isla Fisher as the only female member of the group, the scene is set for more head turning magic. Here the sequel delivers as the first did. Watching the smooth and fast moves of the magicians is pure joy and you relish the awe inspiring moments and surprises. But the big reveal in the first becomes a constraint in the sequel, which never manages the same amount of surprise and those that are, are lessened by the fact that you are so much more on your toes after the first. Radcliffe (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, 2004) is good as eccentric villain worthy of a Bond movie but there are simply so many twists, turns and shifts that you sometimes have a hard time keeping track. The Four Horsemen loves an audience and an audience loves the Four Horsemen, but as they spend a big part of the movie hidden from the public the sequel inevitable dazzles less but it still has plenty of spark. The heist being a definite highlight. While it doesn’t quite live up to it predecessor, it does leave you looking forward to the announced third installment.
Lizzy Caplan replaced Isla Fisher due to Fisher’s pregnancy. In September 2016, Caplan was officially announced as Fisher’s full-time replacement, as Fisher won’t be returning to the franchise.
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