Now You See Me 2
|Now You See Me 2|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Jon M. Chu|
|Screenplay by||Ed Solomon|
by Boaz Yakin
and Edward Ricourt
|Music by||Brian Tyler|
|Edited by||Stan Salfas|
|Distributed by||Summit Entertainment|
|Box office||$48.6 million|
Now You See Me 2 is a 2016 American caperthriller film directed by Jon M. Chu and written by Ed Solomon. A sequel to the 2013 film Now You See Me, it stars Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco, Daniel Radcliffe, Lizzy Caplan, Jay Chou, Sanaa Lathan, Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman.
Distributed by Summit Entertainment, the film was released on June 10, 2016, received mixed reviews and has grossed over $48 million.
One year after outwitting the FBI and winning the public’s adulation with their magic spectacles, the remaining members of the Four Horsemen – J. Daniel Atlas (Jesse Eisenberg), Merritt McKinney (Woody Harrelson) and Jack Wilder (Dave Franco) – are in hiding, awaiting further instructions from the Eye, the secret society of magicians they’ve been recruited into. Their handler, FBI agent Dylan Rhodes (Mark Ruffalo) ultimately assigns them a new mission, exposing corrupt businessman Owen Case (Ben Lamb), whose new software secretly steals data on its users for Case’s benefit. Illusionist Lula May (Lizzy Caplan) is added to the team to replace former member Henley Reeves.
The Horsemen infiltrate Case’s company disguised as security guards and hijack the launch party for the new software, leading the FBI to their location. The show is unexpectedly interrupted by a mysterious individual who reveals to the world that Wilder, believed to have perished, is actually alive, and that Rhodes is their mole, forcing Dylan to evade his new partner Natalie Austin (Sanaa Lathan). While attempting to escape, the Horsemen are captured by mercenaries led by Merritt’s vengeful twin brother Chase McKinney and taken to Macau, where they are brought before Chase’s employer, technology prodigy Walter Mabry (Daniel Radcliffe), Owen Case’s former business partner who faked his death after Owen Case stole Walter’s company.
Mabry conscripts the Horsemen into stealing the data-mining device developed by Case from a secret facility underneath a local casino, to prevent Case from using it. Atlas agrees to the plan despite the others’ reluctance and leads them to a magic shop belonging to Li (Jay Chou), who provides them the equipment needed to pull off the heist. Meanwhile, Rhodes is branded a fugitive and forced to spring his rival Thaddeus Bradley (Morgan Freeman), whom Rhodes blames for the death of his father Lionel Shrike, out of jail to help him expose the mastermind behind the conspiracy. Arriving in Macau, they seek Li for information, but while there Bradley escapes Rhodes’ custody, revealing that he anticipated Rhodes would free him if exposed.
The Horseman infiltrate the facility disguised as researchers and steal the device, evading the authorities and successfully escaping the casino. Atlas is then confronted by Mabry’s men and realizes that Mabry intends to steal the device for himself.
If you liked “Now You See Me” then you will definitely like #2. I love magic, and movies about magic. This one does not disappoint, but a few minor editing flaws caused me to take a star away. I would point them out, but it might be a spoiler. Let’s just say, no cell phone went into the safe, but one was taped to the safe’s ceiling as a light source. Anyway, this is as good as part one, and continues the same story, which I found intriguing. Casting Harry Potter as the bad techno magician against the 4 Horsemen was really funny. As good as the first one, 4 stars -MR