Now You See Me 2

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Year of Release: 2016

Genre: Action/Adventure

Related to/Remake of: Now You See Me

Directed By: Jon M. Chu

Music By: Brian Tyler

Starring: Mark Ruffalo (as Dylan Rhodes), Jesse Eisenberg (as J. Daniel Atlas), Woody Harrelson (as Merritt McKinney and Chase McKinney), Lizzy Caplan (as Lula May), Dave Franco (as Jack Wilder), Daniel Radcliffe (as Walter Mabry), Morgan Freeman (as Thaddeus Bradley), Michael Caine (as Arthur Tressler), Jay Chou (as Li), and Tsai Chin (as Bu Bu)

Basic Plot: The Horseman (now down to three, with Henley having left) are forced to come out of hiding in order to take on a new assignment from “The Eye”.  They pick up a new member, illusionist Lula May.  During their first performance, they are sabotaged and forced to work for a shady businessman who wants them to steal a computer chip that will allow him to control all other computers in the world.  The Horseman are forced to use all the tricks up their sleeve to fulfill their task.

Rating (Out of 4): 3

Pros: A pure “popcorn movie” through and through, which will (quite possibly) leave you with a smile on your face.  The main cast seems to have really enjoyed making this movie, with Woody Harrelson in particular playing two roles.

Cons: For a movie dealing with sleight-of-hand and old fashioned stage magic, there’s a bit too much CGI involved in some of the scenes.  One of the major “reveals” in the movie’s final act is somewhat predictable.  If you focused really carefully on the plot, it’s more than likely full of implausible holes.