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Review written by Jon Patch with 2.5 out of 4 paws

Now You See Me 2

Lionsgate and Summit Entertainment present a PG-13, 129 minute, Action, Comedy, Thriller, directed by Jon M. Chu, screenplay and story by Ed Solomon with a theater release date of June 10, 2016.

 

The year is 1984 in New Jersey, a well-known Magician Lionel Shrike (Richard Laing) is about to enter a sealed safe and thrown into the river. Thaddeus Bradley (Morgan Freeman) known as the magic debunker watches on but the trick does not go as planned and Lionel’s young son Dylan (William Henderson) witnesses his father’s unexpected death.

Seeing is believing and the Horsemen J. Daniel Atlas (Jesse Eisenberg), Merritt McKinney (Woody Harrelson), Jack Wilder (Dave Franco) and the new edition Lula (Lizzy Caplan) are out of hiding and out to expose the owner of OCTA, a technology corporation, owner Owen Case (Ben Lamb) as a fraud and thief. Yet the FBI and Dylan Rhodes (Mark Ruffalo) is after the Horsemen as well with question in mind if they are magic makers or thieves and who might their leader be? This person may be someone closer than one thinks! In regards to the Horsemen they are more like a modern day Robin Hood with a motto of an eye for an eye of which this eye is also always monitoring their every move. When the Horsemen take to the stage in New York to expose Case they soon discover that they are the ones being exposed by someone from their past, enter the resurrection of Arthur Tressler (Michael Caine) and his so called son Walter Mabry (Daniel Radcliffe).

Soon thereafter the Horsemen find themselves in Macau and if they don’t make a deal to pull off a heist for Mabry they then find themselves dead. Deal or no deal? It’s a deal. A fifth Horsemen surfaces, a thirty year nightmare rears its ugly head and the ace of spades becomes the magical card of choice where we the audience get to see how some magic is actually performed. On the eve of New Years in London everything that seemed broken becomes unbroken and reality in the world of magic for once pulls a hat out of a rabbit outlining shame, guilt and regret among all who come to watch the hand being quicker than the eye. Can’t we all just work together? I think we can!

I found this film fascinating for its effects, score and its moments of magic throughout the film. It had some wonderful direction but I thought the written story line was a bit confusing and weak. The film will surely entertain you, the audience, but with its several references to the first film I’m not sure it will do as well as the first installment. As for what I thought was going to be a great ending I thought it slightly exposed itself as being just mediocre to say the least. The acting is well done although Eisenberg seemed a bit lost, Ruffalo plays well with others, Harrelson and his twin brother did not cut the deck for me, Franco is strong, Caplan gives the writing some comical relief although her introduction to the group was somewhat headless and Radcliffe who I like as an actor came across somewhat meek for playing a bad guy. Caine has a small role but does well of course as do most of the supporting characters and extras that bring believability to this story   As for the animal lovers like me it looks like a few doves may have been mistreated but I’m sure not since it’s all in the world of magic. Now you see me but soon thereafter maybe not so much except for life in the DVD world.

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