Having disappeared from the world since their last act off a Manhattan rooftop, Danny Atlas (Jesse Eisenberg), Merritt McKinney (Woody Harrelson) and Jack Wilder (Dave Franco) have resurfaced again. Having lost Henley, Lula May (Lizzy Caplan) is roped in by Dylan Rhodes (Mark Ruffalo) to replace her in the Four Horsemen as they embark on their new mission. However, their plan goes awry when a tip-off alerts the FBI and they are cornered. Having to go to their escape plan, the Horsemen make their escape only to end up in Macau; where they’ve been kidnapped by a tech billionaire who faked his death, Walter Mabry (Daniel Radcliffe). Upon realizing that there was a bigger picture to what was happening, the Horsemen and Dylan have to work together to create a foolproof plan to escape their would-be demise.
I have to admit I’ve been waiting a long time for this sequel to happen. The wait was definitely worth it as I found myself literally woo-ing and ah-ing like a little girl at a magic show. The illusions in this film were definitely cooler than the first and more intricate.
The story line for the film was definitely genius for it seemed to me like it was a trick within a trick. Each time the audience gets led to believe the Horsemen were coming out victorious, we are given a twist that makes us rethink what would happen next.
What I liked most about this film was that no character was the definite lead at one time. Unlike most shows where certain actors were the lead, this film shared the lead role among Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco, Lizzy Caplan and Mark Ruffalo equally. Everyone had their fair screen time and lines that were essential to the film’s progress. No one had extra time just because they were more of an A-lister than the other. I was worried Lizzy Caplan would get shadowed by the other male leads in the film but she had equal screen time, giving the audience a sense of what Lula May was like – which I was very happy about.
Daniel Radcliffe as a somewhat sociopathic villain of the film was both believably creepy and funny at the same time, especially when it came to the pivotal part of the film where a plot twist is thrown at the audience. As an Asian-Chinese, I do have to give special mention to Mark Ruffalo and Morgan Freeman for not butchering Mandarin. Yes, it might seem a little off in terms of pronunciation but they deserve A+ for effort – at least I understood what they were saying. (There are actors out there who can’t even get the words out properly!)
The mind-blowing scenes with the card trick and Atlas’ reverse rain trick were definitely my favorites from Now You See Me 2. Even if there were some CGI involved, they elaborate and well-thought of, making me forget that I’m watching a movie and not a magic show.
Much like its predecessor, Now You See Me 2 is another win for the franchise with its inventive story-telling and intricately executed illusions. I simply can’t wait to see what lies in store for Now You See Me 3 in 2019.