NOW YOU SEE ME 2 Movie Review by The Commander


2-1/2 (out of 4 stars)

If you missed Now You See Me, here's your chance to enjoy the magic in Now You See Me 2.  And with David Copperfield being one of the producers, you know the illusions are going to be over-the-top.

The film starts where the first one left off.  Our Horsemen, J. Daniel Atlas, Merritt McKinney and Jack Wilder are leading a hidden life, evading the FBI (being misled by FBI agent Dylan Rhodes, secretly a Horseman) when they are forced out of seclusion by technology magnet, Walter Mabry (Daniel Radcliffe), who's supposedly dead.  Mabry forces them to steal back a computer chip he invented that can control every computer on the planet.  However, his intentions are more insidious than first thought.  Their only hope for survival is to outsmart his plan, while vindicating themselves as heroes.


This film brings back most of the original cast:  Jessie Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Dave Franco, Woody Harrelson, with the exception of substituting Horseman Lula (Lizzy Caplan) for Henley Reeves (Isla Fisher), and adding some new characters Li (Jay Chou), Bu Bu (Tsai Chin), and Woody Harrelson in a dual role as his evil twin gay brother.  Michael Caine reprises his role as Arthur Tressler, who’s out for revenge after his financial losses in the first movie, and Morgan Freeman as Thaddeus Bradley, who’s still smiling.  I will admit, it was a little difficult believing that cute little Harry Potter, even with a British accent, could be convincing as such an evil tech magnet.


If you like magic and illusions, the film is filled with them, and the great location shots of Macau are really fabulous—just makes you want to fly there right now and get some great Chinese food.  They even revealed how they performed some of the illusions to the audience so that you won’t leave scratching your head as to how they pulled it off without the magic of Hollywood film editing and effects.


The plot is not all that great.  Basically, it’s all about revenge.  There are a few twists and turns, and some humorous scenes.  But overall, it was a very entertaining experience and lots of fun to watch.  If you liked the first film, you'll love this one.  And if you want to see it at the box office, it's still much cheaper than paying to see a live magic performance at your local showroom.

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