Friday, December 23, 2016

Now You See Me 2 - Movie Review

The Movie:
Now You See Me 2 brings back the Four Horseman and their bag of tricks to match up against an unknown foe who seems to have their number.The film was directed by Jon M. Chu (G.I. Joe: Retaliation) and features Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco, Mark Ruffalo, Lizzy Caplan, Daniel Radcliffe, Sanaa Lathan, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Jay Chou, and Tsai Chin.

The Review:
I really liked the first movie. It was a smart, fun, original, and highly entertaining puzzle of a film that kept you on your toes and guessing all the way to the very end. I did not like the second movie. It was slow, repetitive, unoriginal, and an easily predictable mess of a film that made it hard to keep from falling asleep. Casting Daniel Radcliffe as the villain was supposed to be clever but he just seems out of place and over matched against the rest of the cast. While I did like the addition of Lizzy Caplan to the team, she wasn't nearly enough to make an impact against all of negativity and mediocrity that made up this film.

The Verdict:
Now You See Me 2 had a lot of potential but it just falls flat in the most uninteresting and disappointing of ways. I have read that a third installment is being planned. Hopefully they are able to conjure up something magical while making this one disappear.

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