‘Now You See Me 2’ Packs In Bigger Illusions and Bigger Thrills [REVIEW]

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10 Jun2016
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The mystical group of illusionists known as The Horsemen are back for the sequel of the 2013 film “Now You See Me.”

“Now You See Me 2” packs in more illusions, thrills, and twists, but fell short on the laughs versus its counterpart. Familiar faces like: Jesse Eisenberg, Dave Franco, Mark Ruffalo, and Woody Harrelson return as the male Horsemen with Lizzy Caplan taking over for Isla Fisher as the sole lady Horsemen. Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman also returned for the sequel with Daniel Radcliffe, Jay Chou, and Sanaa Lathan joining the cast.

Photo: Lionsgate

Photo: Lionsgate

As the film opens, audience members are asked to question the intentions of the Horsemen as once before. “Pay close attention” you are urged because there is more than meets the eye, and no I’m not referring to that “Eye,” the secret society of magicians if you will.

This film takes the Horsemen from New York, to Macau, China, then to  London for the big finale. They are basically blackmailed by a young tech genius (Radcliffe) to pull off an impossible heist, but with all the tricks up the Horsemen’s sleeves, nothing is impossible.

Photo: Lionsgate

Photo: Lionsgate

Of course the biggest thing that I think attract people to this film franchise is the MAGIC! We’re all fascinated by it let’s be honest; curious to know what’s “behind the curtain.” “NYSM2” didn’t hold back by delivering bigger tricks that honestly had me on the edge of my seat, grinning from ear to ear  as if I was witnessing my first magic trick.

The biggest tricks come in the finale, but there was one scene involving a single playing card and a tracking shot that was really good!

Just like the first film, there was a twist at the end that I didn’t see coming, but knew it was one big illusion that I didn’t figure out yet. The true ending of the movie left me completely baffled though. That could be because “Now You See Me 3” is in the works, so we have more magic and mystery to look forward to.

Chemistry between the cast still radiated on screen. Caplan’s nonchalant character matched Eisenberg’s dry humor perfectly. I could have done without Lathan, or at least have Common come back for some more eye candy. Overall I think this movie is worth heading the to the theaters to see if only for the magic tricks on the big screen. I give this film 4 pink kisses.  💋 💋 💋 💋

Did you check out “Now You See Me 2” or plan to this weekend? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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