Now You See Me 2 is the sequel to the 2013 film with the same title. This time with bigger illusions, out of this world magic tricks and ridiculous heists. With majority of the cast returning, is Now You See Me 2 able to capture the same excitement and intrigue as the first one did?
Under the watchful gaze of a secret organization called The Eye, The Four Horsemen are reunited for another heist disguised as an illusion. But when things go south and the act sabotaged, it’s up to The Horsemen to figure out who’s playing the tricks on them.
With this being a sequel it’s expected for this to have bigger spectacles and crazier magic tricks and we get that here. The tricks were impressive and as ridiculous as they were, they’re incredible to watch. A certain scene involved a card being passed around in a room and it’s easily the best scene in the movie. Woody Harrelson has a bigger role this time around and he’s great in some scenes. His subplot is not very interesting and can be considered cliched but his over the top performance is a breath of fresh air.
Sad to say this movie suffers from what many call sequelitis. The tricks and spectacles are bigger however story-wise it’s filled with plot holes and inconsistencies. The plot is extremely convoluted and there’s a lot of sub plots to keep track off.
The movie takes itself way seriously than it should as the magicians themselves are seemingly able to fight armed men with tricks and illusions. And as ridiculous as it looks it takes away the fun that a magic/heist movie should have. Another issue with the movie is it relied too much on a certain “move” to forward the plot. The “move” itself is so unbelievable to the point where it could have been a superpower.
Even with the addition of Daniel Radcliffe, Lizzy Caplan and the extremely talented Jay Chou the movie is mediocre at best. Jessie Eisenberg himself seems very uninterested in his role though Morgan Freeman works with what material he’s got. Daniel Radcliffe did bring a little bit of an excitement but all of it fades away as he becomes your typical one dimensional British villain.
Overall Now You See Me 2, could have been a smarter movie, especially with it’s underlying message about surveillance and privacy. Unfortunately it’s another case of style over substance as it’s convoluted plot drags the movie down tremendously resulting into nothing but a magical mess.