‘Now You See Me 2’ (2016, 12A)

After the events of 2013’s ‘Now You See Me’ (my review of which can be viewed here), the Four Horsemen have gone off-grid as they plan their next big show – to expose a billionaire technology industrialist of his plans to eliminate all forms of privacy and see every user of his hardware’s secrets. But, when they are caught off guard and their show is spoiled, the Horsemen are magically teleported to Macau in China, where they must work for the mysterious Walter Mabry (Daniel Radcliffe) and pull of their most impossible heist yet!

This film, although littered with weaknesses, does have some strong points. Its action is good, especially some of the fight scenes. There’s also some good comedy there and the characters work well together. It looks spectacular too; the magic, however impossible, has a certain realism to it, probably enhanced by the fact that the Horsemen performing the tricks usually explain them.

Now onto the not-so-good parts. I’m a massive fan of 2013’s ‘Now You See Me’ – it’s fast-paced, action-packed and has a complex and intriguing plot which kept me on edge the whole way through. It was also packed full of mystery, leading from one unpredictable twist to another. This year’s sequel, however, seemed to lack this mystery. I found myself predicting the ‘big twists’ a good hour before they came – and predicting them correctly.

There also seemed to be a lot less magic in ‘Now You See Me 2’ than in its predecessor. It seemed to be bogged-down in boring dialogue and unnecessary information about the secret, magical organisation known as ‘The Eye’. This I found particularly boring as it seemed as though it was included only so there could be another ‘big twist’ at the end, only this one seemed to fall short. This is probably down to the fact that this sequel tried too hard to be like its predecessor, and didn’t quite manage it. It tries to be mysterious and twisty and complex but it just doesn’t work.

Overall, ‘Now You See Me 2’ is a strong sequel. However, compared to its brilliant predecessor, it isn’t quite as great as I hoped it would be, meaning I’ll have to give it seven-out-of-ten.



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