Monday, 26 September 2016

Now You See Me 2 Review

Now You See Me 2

Release Date: 2nd June 2016 - Australia

Production Companies
Summit Entertainment
K/O Paper Products
TIK Films


Genre: Thriller

Rating: M

Runtime: 124 minutes

Budget: $90,000,000

Box Office Gross: $334,901,337

Plot Summary
The Four Horsemen return for a second mind-bending adventure, elevating the limits of stage illusion to new heights in an adventure that takes them around the globe. One year after outwitting the FBI and winning the public adulation with their Robin Hood-style Magic spectacles, the illusionists resurface for a comeback performance in hopes of exposing the unethical practices of a tech magnate. The man behind their vanishing act is none other than Walter Mabry, a tech prodigy who threatens the Horsemen into pulling off their most impossible heist yet. Their only hope is to perform one last unprecedented stunt to clear their names and reveal the mastermind behind it all.

Jesse Eisenberg - J. Daniel 
Daniel Radcliffe - Walter Mabry
Mark Ruffalo - Dylan Rhodes
Woody Harrelson - Merritt/Chase
Lizzy Caplan - Lula
Dave Franco - Jack Wilder
Morgan Freeman - Thaddeus 
Michael Caine - Arthur Tressler
Jay Chou - Li
Tsai Chin - Bu Bu
Sanaa Lathan - Deputy Dir. Natalie Austin
David Warshofsky - Agent Cowan
Henry Lloyd-Hughes - Allen 
Brick Patrick - Chase McKinney
Zach Gerard - Hannes Pike
Ben Lamb - Owen Case

Director - Jon M. Chu
Based on Characters - Boaz Yakin and Edward Ricourt
Story/Screenplay/Executive Producer - Ed Soloman
Story - Peter Chiarelli
Executive Producers - Kevin De Landy and Louis Leterrier
Producers - Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Bobby Cohen
Production Designer - Sharon Seymour
Costume Designer - Anna B. Shepard 
Director of Photography - Peter Deming
Special Effects Supervisor - Stephen Hutchinson
Visual Effects Supervisor - Matt Johnson
Film Editor - Stan Salfas
Music Supervisor - Randall Poster
Music - Brian Tyler

Magical, thrilling and deceptive are ways to describe NOW YOU SEE ME 2 and the original movie (click here). However, the sequel is a bit more confusing and suffers from trying to surpass the surprises of the first film. It was at this moment that NOW YOU SEE ME 2 was taking too many risks in adding more complexity and implausibility to the plot with the use of stage magic. Director Jon M. Chu is certainly not taking this too seriously in adding the drums to the sequel of this OCEAN'S ELEVEN styled heist adventure that is compared to Louis Leterrier's flashy and theatrical interpretation of its predecessor.

Many actors from the original have returned to be in the top-notch ensemble cast with the exception of Isla Fisher who was absent and never came back for the female lead role. Lizzy Caplan fills in the part left by Fisher to be the female member of the four horsemen only that she brings a lot of sass and energy into her role. If you recall what I said on my critique of the first movie when I stated that Cillian Murphy or Jim Sturgess would have been suited to be one of the four illusionists than Eisenberg. I have now changed my opinion about him being the uninteresting choice. It is because he is extremely witty in both movies when performing this natural born role as the lead magician. Woody Harrelson not only returns to portray one of the four horseman, but plays the character's twin brother in a dual role made especially for him.

In the addition to co-star with the leading actors aside from Caplan, Daniel Radcliffe is no longer the titular hero that we know him as Harry Potter and instead plays a crucial key role as one of the baddies who were out to expose the Horsemen and their activities. His performance is just a maniacal sheer pack of menace and nothing can prevent the actor's future after his success with the HARRY POTTER series.

I always thought that NOW YOU SEE ME 2 was in this case, better than the original in more ways that you could imagine. The plot and execution could have used some work, if it did not involve a certain area of confusion. Overall, NOW YOU SEE ME 2 is nowhere near as good as the original and people should see it, if they liked the original.

Star rating: (6/10) Fair Movie

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