After fleeing from a stage show, the illusionists (Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson) known as the Four Horsemen find themselves in more trouble in Macau, China. Devious tech wizard Walter Mabry (Daniel Radcliffe) forces the infamous magicians to steal a powerful chip that can control all of the world's computers. Meanwhile, v...more
After fleeing from a stage show, the illusionists (Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson) known as the Four Horsemen find themselves in more trouble in Macau, China. Devious tech wizard Walter Mabry (Daniel Radcliffe) forces the infamous magicians to steal a powerful chip that can control all of the world's computers. Meanwhile, vengeful FBI agent Dylan Rhodes (Mark Ruffalo) hatches his own plot against Thaddeus Bradley (Morgan Freeman), the man he blames for the death of his father. less
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Now You See Me 2 is a classic case of churning out a sequel by analyzing and adding more toppings than the original. Director John M Chu tries to get most of the act right. The film steps into a bigger terrain where the heists grow larger, the pace becomes faster, and the twists get better than its predecessor. Though things turn predictable at some point, without proper explanation you can’t get to the core of the pull off. The cast spills more fun through their performances.
The movie sets a stage for the reunion of the Four Horsemen – magicians / modern-day Robin Hoods who perform heists to uncover the dark elements. They try to take over a tech product launch with the help of Dylan (Mark Ruffalo) but get lured into a trap that takes them to Macau. This was masterminded by Walter Mabry (Daniel Radcliffe) – a sociopathic techpreneur – who forcefully assigns them a job to steal a chip that can break into any computer program in the world.
The show-stopping sequence of Horsemen flicking their fingers to swipe a card packs more punch and excitement than others. Though a CGI spectacle, it shows some finest choreography to toss the card and pass it to others to get out of the security. The audience clapped at that very moment. Chu plays it to the galleries with this fine ‘move’. The other ones come toward the climax and during the final showdown. There you feel… Oh, boy things like this are ought to happen.
One wave that’s common to both the films – NYSM and NYSM2 – is the way Hypnosis is used to full effect to surface the abnormal behaviors and set the things in motion. Without that trance occurring at the speed of light, the movie falls apart. The logic goes missing in this strange act. Also, the reasons for the quick disappearance of the horsemen to reach the final act crave for sense. Despite these flaws that string to the narrative, the fun is palatable and tricks you into a logic-free indulgence.
There is a natural chemistry between Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson and Dave Franco that’s reminiscent of Ocean’s 11. Fans of Harrelson get a double whammy as he also plays Chase, twin brother of Merritt. Chase is a spooky mentalist with his hair transplant gone haywire resulting in a weird appearance. The new kid on the block is Lizzy Caplan as Lula, who takes over Henley played by Isla Fisher. She is brimmed with ebullience and a delight to watch. Radcliff is hilarious and creepy whereas Ruffalo adds depth and direction to the flow of events as he tracks the reason for the death of his father, the legendary Lionel Shrike. Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman pump in elegance in their roles.
Like an act of magic, NYSM2 may disappear from your minds after few days but the riveting experience of watching it can’t be negated easily. Sequels step into the zone of killing the surprise element as the characters no longer look fresh and engaging. However, that’s not the case with NYSM2. The characters play around with their strengths and eccentricities to weave magic with their act of magic. So, even without much logic and a meaty storyline, the film succeeds to hook and hoodwink you.