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NOW YOU SEE ME 2

NYSM2 posterThe Four Horsemen are finally Re-appearing

After the massive success of 2013’s “Now You See Me”, it was only a matter of time until we saw the Four Horsemen and the Eye again.  The group is back in “Now You See Me 2”, but it hasn’t been all fun and games.  They have been in-hiding since their last public appearance and they are becoming agitated.  But their wait is only a short time longer.  A multi-national company is debuting a new product that will secretly steal the personal information from its users and it’s up to the Four Horsemen to sabotage the release.  Their antics however go horribly wrong, as it becomes clear someone-else is pulling the strings.  As they attempt to escape, they find themselves as the “rabbit” in someone else’s magic trick and are faced with an ultimatum.  Either they use their skills to steal an object for their captors or he will kill them all.  The Four Horsemen must come-together and formulate a plan; a plan that only these magicians can pull off!

Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, and Dave Franco return as three of the Four Horsemen, J. Daniel Atlas, Merritt McKinney, and Jack Wilder.  Mark Ruffalo also returns as Dylan Rhodes, their leader and FBI agent.  Woody Harrelson pulls double-duty as his twin brother, Chase.  Daniel Radcliffe joins the franchise as Walter Mabry, a young millionaire with his sights-set on revenge.  Lizzy Caplan becomes the fourth Horsemen as Lula.  Sanaa Lathan joins the franchise as Deputy Director Natalie Austin and David Warshofsky returns as Agent Cowan.  Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman reprise their roles as former-billionaire Arthur Tressler and magician-exposer Thaddeus Bradley.  Jay Chou and Tsai Chin play Li and Bu Bu, two employees at the oldest Magic shop in the World, in Macau.  Richard Laing plays the re-casted Lionel Shrike and Henry Lloyd-Hughes plays a character named Allen Scott-Frank.

“Now You See Me 2” ups-the-ante when it comes to spectacular visuals, characters, and locales, but it just lacks the magical feel of the first film.  The characters we know and came to love from the first film are back (besides Isla Fischer’s Henley) and have plenty of more face-time.  The jokes and banter feature plenty of laughs and their chemistry continues to shine, even newcomer Caplan fits-right-in.  The magic tricks are taken to the next-level and they involve some absolutely stunning sequences; a few have been spoiled in the trailers though.  At the heart of the film is a revenge tale, but it is over-shadowed by its incredibly head-scratching events and predictable plot.  Not to spoil any of the film, but “Now You See Me 2” certainly sets itself-up for a third and final film in the trilogy; which I hope is titled “Now Eye See You”.  I would love to know more about “The Eye” and what else they are capable of doing.  “Now You See Me 2” has a run time of 129 minutes and takes a little while to get-going, but once it does, make sure you remember to let go of reality and just have a good time; the film is thoroughly entertaining and fans of the original will certainly enjoy it!  In a sequel-ridden World, “Now You See Me 2” only-slightly falls below its predecessor; which is nothing short of an accomplishment!

“Now You See Me 2” puts The Four Horsemen up-against a new, but strangely-familiar foe as they must come-together to save themselves.  The film features plenty of witty banter, funny jokes, and stunning visuals.  If you liked the first film and don’t want to see “The Conjuring 2” this weekend, then go see “Now You See Me 2”!!

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NOW YOU SEE ME 2 is rated PG-13 for violence and some language, in theaters June 10!

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