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Now You See Me 2
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10.04.2016 By: Jason Adams
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Director:
Jon Chu

Actors:
Jesse Eisenberg
Woody Harrelson
Daniel Radcliffe

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A year after vanishing in to thin air, the Horsemen are forced back in to the spotlight by a young tech mogul who wants to exploit their talents for nefarious purposes.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?

I was not a fan of the first NOW YOU SEE ME, mostly due to the nonsense twist ending and the fact that they made a movie about magic that uses CGI to pull off tricks that are clearly impossible. Sadly, both of those elements are still at play in this even dumber sequel.

Like its predecessor, this movie sports a fun, easy vibe and has a certain charm to it, thanks to the talented cast and their chemistry together. Woody Harrelson especially seems to be having fun and in #2 he gets to pull double duty playing his own twin brother as well. Newcomers Daniel Radcliffe and Lizzy Caplan are fine additions, but their roles are too brief to be memorable.

Aside from the cast, however, literally everything else about NOW YOU SEE ME 2 is wildly frustrating. The story is ludicrous and seems to undercut what worked about the first movie. (Remember the ending where they were finally going to learn the secrets of The Eye? Just kidding! They spend the years in between and this entire movie still waiting around for answers.) And can we agree that the Horsemen are not actually magicians and clearly just have supernatural powers? If they revealed that everyone actually went to Hogwarts and are all wizards, it would make more sense than half of the visual effects they try to pass off as "magic tricks" here. And having characters randomly exclaim "Science!" doesn't explain anything.

Replacement director Jon Chu has made a nice looking film, but none of the set pieces are particularly impressive and they get dumber as the movie progresses. There's a card-throwing heist scene that goes on for way too long and is highly illogical. That's followed by a kung fu fight where Mark Ruffalo uses magic tricks to beat up a group of heavily armed men. And then there's the ending, which boasts a rather lackluster finale followed by a twist which is next-level terrible. If you thought the ending of the first film was implausible, wait until you see the credits roll here.

THE EXTRAS

Commentary by director Jon Chu: Chu is energetic and has no problem carrying the commentary on his own. He covers what you'd expect about the production and the performers, including some of the more unrealistic elements. He also talks about a bunch of extra stuff they deleted, none of which are on the Blu Ray. Thanks a lot!

The Art of the Ensemble (21:10): Cast and crew are seen in behind-the-scenes footage and interviews discussing working together and how they all their characters were equal despite their individual star power. Surprisingly in-depth, but not that interesting.

You Can't Look Away (17:15): A solid featurette on the visual look of the film, including interviews with Chu and the director of photography, visual effect supervisor, production designer and other crew members.

Bringing Magic to Life (16:09): David Copperfield shows up to discuss how the magic tricks were handled in the film and how much the film respects the traditions of the craft. A bit abstract and self-serving and, if you watched the movie, a joke given how they handled the magic here.

A DVD and Digital Copy are also included.

FINAL DIAGNOSIS

It may have a fun cast and concept behind it, but in order to enjoy any part of NOW YOU SEE ME 2, you have to literally not think about a single thing to the point of being brain dead. And there are too many other better movies out there to waste your time on this.

Extra Tidbit: They should've called this sequel NOW YOU DON'T.

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11:44AM on 10/04/2016

Fun but forgettable !

Fun but forgettable is how I would describe this second NYSM. NO DELETED SCENES on the BR ? Now THAT'S just insulting, as far as supplemental material goes !
Fun but forgettable is how I would describe this second NYSM. NO DELETED SCENES on the BR ? Now THAT'S just insulting, as far as supplemental material goes !
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