With Daniel Radcliffe joining the world of magic, the expectations from the sequel to 2013 movie ‘Now You See Me’ went sky high. So what is it that stops the movie from casting a magical spell on the audience? Read on to find out…
Star Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco, Lizzy Caplan and Daniel Radcliffe
Director: Jon M. Chu
Producer: Bobby Cohen, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci
Claps For: Performances
Slaps For: Wasting bunch of talented actors, Story line, and Direction
What’s New: Nothing
Popcorn Refill: Interval
Plot: One year after their last big gig, the three remaining horsemen reunite to take down Owen Case- a tech magnet, along with the new addition into their team replacing Henley Reeves.
Things take a turn when they are exposed during the event and are forced to run for their life and jump into their safety chute which, surprisingly, lands them onto the streets of Macau, China!
What happens further answers their questions of who is responsible for bringing them from New York to Macau and what does he want them to do for him!
Performances: It is Lizzy Caplan who steals the show as the smart, funny, confident and definitely sexy Lula May.
The other three horsemen- Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson and Dave Francho have nothing much to do. In fact, introducing Harrelson’s evil twin too fails to do any good to the movie.
Morgan Freeman is asked to do what he is seen doing in more of his movie, and will surprise you towards the end. Michael Caine is wonderful as Arthur Tressler.
Daniel Radcliffe has done a great job as Walter Mabry and lives up to the expectations. However, the actor hardly gets any screen time. Wish we could get to see more of him!
Direction: Sequels are meant to take a movie forward. But this one just keeps the characters in a loop filled with twists and turns only to give them (and us) some relief towards the end.
While the first instalment had its share of excitement and thrill along with a suspense factor, this one lacks it all- thanks to the very predictable plot. Just grand sets and glitzy camerawork do not make a movie work!
The movie would have surely been better had it concentrated more on its core than taking the emotional route every now and then, leaving the viewers to yawn and wonder where the magic has gone.
Perhaps the only good and engaging scene in the movie would be the one where the horsemen keep passing on a card with a computer chip to each other while they are being checked by the security guards. But that too starts to bore after a point of time.
Combo-On-Offer: Magic + Thriller + Drama
Verdict: We give ‘Now You See Me 2’ SLAPS for being boring, lacking magic and wasting a bunch of talented actors. We would really not want to see Now You See Me 3.