Fall Issue: 2016
Now You See Me 2: A worthy sequel
Now You See Me 2 is the sequel to the popular 2013 film of the same name. Both movies revolve around a group of talented magicians, known as the Four Horsemen, led by J. Daniel Atlas (Jesse Eisenberg).
The other members include Jack Wilder (Dave Franco) and Merritt McKinney (Woody Harrelson). In the second movie, however, Isla Fisher’s character Henley has left the group and is replaced by Lula (Lizzie Caplan).
The Horsemen are finally resurfacing from being in hiding for over a year, but are soon “captured,” so to speak, by a man named Walter Mabry (Daniel Radcliffe). Mabry is a tech genius who faked his own death after his business partner, Owen Case, stole his company.
Now, Mabry wants revenge, and convinces the Horsemen to infiltrate Case’s facility and steal a data-mining chip that allows the user to access any computer around the world. Meanwhile, FBI agent and Horsemen leader Dylan Rhodes (Mark Ruffalo) enlists the help of his rival Thaddeus Bradley (Morgan Freeman) in an attempt to find the Horsemen, believing that they have been kidnapped.
The entire plot of the movie is a lot more complicated than that, but I can’t really explain much without giving away spoilers. If you haven’t seen the first film I would recommend watching it before this one, if only for a few minor contextual details, but for the most part it doesn’t have an effect on the sequel.
However, I have to say that the first movie is better. Maybe it’s partly the change of directors, or maybe the fact that a lot of the “magic” in the first film is replaced by Mabry’s technology in the second one.
But there are still a lot of good moments in Now You See Me 2. There were plenty of plot twists and turns, and some illusions that made it hard to take my eyes off the screen. Plus, you know, Dave Franco was very good at keeping my attention. I never thought I would be so attracted to a magician.
I actually really enjoyed this movie and would totally watch it again, but it doesn’t quite live up to the legacy of the first Now You See Me. Overall, though, I would recommend seeing it–I promise that the magic in this movie is not nearly as cheesy as magic is in real life.
Knight Times Rating: 4 out of 5 Shields
By Lydia Berg