‘Now You See Me 2’ review: a tired, old trick which doesn’t work
A sequel to the 2013 thriller Now You See Me, this story picks up from where its prequel left off. The Horsemen – Danny (Eisenberg), McKinney ( Har relson) and Jack (Franco) – are in hiding. Henry Reeves (Isla Fischer) has left the Horsemen and sassy Lula May (Caplan) is brought in by Dylan (Ruffalo) to fill her shoes.
It has been a year since their public outwitting of the FBI and the exposure of fraud in the insurance company owned by Tressler (Michael Caine).
In an environment of growing impatience, especially on the part of Danny who establishes rogue contact with the Eye, the Horsemen are awaiting further instructions. Dylan, while also battling growing concerns in the FBI that he is a double agent, gives the Horsemen a new project. While on the project the Horsemen are taken hostage by Walter Mabry (Radcliffe), who wants to settle a personal vendetta using their talents. Is there more to Mabry’s assignment?
And do the Horsemen, especially the warring duo of Danny and Dylan, come through this as a unit?
First of all, the movie is more of the same.While it tries to move the story forward, the sequel travels in circles. Some of the writing in the film is sharp, eliciting much-needed chuckles in the theatre. The magic tricks are few and far in-between and do not dazzle like they do in the first film.
Radcliffe is wasted in his role and adds nothing to the already star-studded cast, who seem like a broken-record version of their earlier outing. A big part of magic is its mysterious impenetrability and its novelty. Precisely why Now You See Me 2 doesn’t work. It is a tired, old trick.
Direction: Jon M. Chu
Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco, Daniel Radcliffe, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Lizzy Caplan