Now You See Me 2

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This sequel to the 2013 hit by the same name, has even better illusions, flying card tricks and hypnotism in the action comedy, Now You See Me 2. This story begins with the Four Horsemen in hiding after stealing money from corrupt businessman Arthur Tressler (Michael Caine) eighteen months earlier. The Four Horsemen are four internationally renowned magicians: J. Daniel Atlas (Jesse Eisenberg), Merritt McKinney (Woody Harrelson), Jack Wilder (Dave Franco) and the newest member of the team, Lula (Lizzy Caplan). The four are tricked into coming out of hiding by a tech magnate named Walter Madry (Daniel Radcliffe) who blackmails the Four Horsemen to steal a powerful computer chip for him. The four Las Vegas magicians believe their problems are being caused by an FBI agent named, Dylan Rhodes (Mark Ruffalo) who coincidentally, doesn’t seem to be trusted by his own friends or fellow agents. After dozens of magic tricks like transporting one of the Horsemen an incredible distance, putting the audience to sleep by hypnosis, and making objects disappear, they finally clear their names of any scrutiny and expose the real villains. Even though we see Thaddeus Bradley (Morgan Freeman), throughout the movie (He’s the guy the Four Horsemen framed in the prequel) we don’t know his real identity until the last scene. Like most sequels, this film has no real surprises regarding the magician’s talents so the story just isn’t unique. Also, it’s a little confusing and corny but still charming and so much fun. If you didn’t see the first movie be prepared; the magic tricks are impractical and seem impossible. Of course, it’s not live so the director can do his own kind of magic. A huge plus was having all of the male actors who were in the prequel appear in this movie, as well. Maybe the director should have pulled a leading actress out of a black hat. The studio must have a lot of confidence in the success of this sequel because six months before this film opened, they planned movie number 3. This film is entertaining but a step down from the prequel and I’m giving it a B- rating.

This movie has been given a PG13 rating by the MPAA

Although I am blind, I can appreciate a good movie as well as sighted individuals. I rely more on a good story line than special effects.