Magical treats in Now You See Me 2

Saturday June 11, 2016 Written by Published in Entertainment
Jesse Eisenberg plays an arrogant illusionist and street magician, and the pulicly seen leader of the Four Horsemen in Now You See Me 2. 16061036 Jesse Eisenberg plays an arrogant illusionist and street magician, and the pulicly seen leader of the Four Horsemen in Now You See Me 2. 16061036

IT WASN’T that hard to choose the magic-theme heist tale Now You See Me 2 over horror thriller The Conjuring 2.

 

No, it’s not that The Conjuring 2 is likely to be bad, it is probably good as gold, in its own right. It’s just me. Normally, I pride myself as quite a brave person, but when it comes to horror movies, I would rather take a pass. That’s simply because I don’t find any entertainment in something entailing fear. I know some do, and good luck to them.

Now You See Me 2 is the sequel to the 2013 movie Now You See Me which had Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Melanie Laurent, Isla Fisher, Dave Franco, Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman playing key roles.

The first movie was about a team of talented illusionists called the Four Horsemen and how they use their magic shows to clean the bank accounts of some very corrupt people including insurance magnate Arthur Tressler (Caine) and funnel the money to audience members.

FBI agent Dylan Rhodes (Mark Ruffalo) is tasked to solve the mystery behind the Horsemen. Rhodes seek help from former magician Thaddeus (Freeman).

Later in the movie, Rhodes is revealed as the fifth member and the leader of the modern-day Robin Hood-style magical band.

The Horsemen get Thaddeus arrested through their final trick and the post-credit scene indicates there may be a sequel on the way.

Three years on, we have Now You See Me 2 which is set a year on from events in the initial movie.

In its opening scene the latest flick explains why the Horsemen get Thaddeus arrested.

Lula (Lizzy Caplan) replaces Isla Fisher as the female member of the group.

Walter Mabry (Daniel Radcliffe), a tech prodigy and illegitimate son of Tressler, exposes the Horsemen, including Rhodes as their fifth member, in public during their comeback performance.

He also performs a vanishing act, kidnapping Daniel Atlas (Eisenberg), Merritt McKinney (Harrelson), Lula and Jack Wilder (Franco).

Mabry orders the Four Horsemen to steal a powerful chip that can control all of the world’s computers.

But the Horsemen have other ideas as they plan to stage the biggest show of their lives.

Just like the acts the characters in this movie portray, Now You See Me 2, is magical.

Intertwined cleverly among the exhilarating ride of tricks and magical treats lies a story of betrayal, revenge and power.

It’s fun to be fooled, sometimes and Now You See Me 2 has plenty of scenes that are evidence of this.

They say magic becomes art when it has nothing to hide. Now You See Me 2 bares all.

You have to see it to believe it.

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