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Now You See Me 2

Now You See Me 2
Dave Franco, Mark Ruffalo, Jesse Eisenberg, Morgan Freeman, Woody Harrelson, Michael Caine, Sanaa Lathan, Lizzy Caplan and Daniel Radcliffe

Rated: PG-13 for violence and some language.
Reviewed by: Frank  
Release date: June 10, 2016 Released by: Lions Gate Films

With just two tricks, well it could be three and far more discussion of what has happened and what will occur, the film is filled up by discussion which does little for the quality of the story. 

Like most sequels it just doesn't add up to the essence of the fist film which was filled with tricks and spectacular events that anchored the story and lead to a solid conclusion

Three of the original horseman return with a new female Lula (Lizzy Caplan) make a come back from their self imposed exile which occurred at the end of the first film.  Also back are Arthur Tressier (Michael Caine) with an added son Walter (Daniel Radcliffe).  Morgan Freeman again plays Thaddeus Bradley who is now in jail but not for long when he makes a deal with the horsemen to get him out. 

The script then goes into something typical for todays films.  There is a special computer chip that can back door every computer in existence, thereby giving the owners or controllers full power over the World.  The original film idea was way over the top, but it was unique and once we are allowed to accept the jump from reality it made sense and held our interest with innovation and twists. Here there is clearly a lot of filler discussion of what has happened and what the future might be and that drags the film down. 

There is also confusion written into the film rather than the magic of the first film where each action was well planned and executed.  This time much is left unexplained.  More actions to confuse rather than enlighten and not enough of timed magical events performed by the horsemen limit the quality.  

But there are moments such as the three card trick and the initial twist which is played on the four hero magicians.  The climax is also a worthy addition.  

Perhaps the original was of sufficient quality that it was impossible to match.  Now You See Me 2 is not a failure but it could have been so much better. 

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