Now You See Me 2 (Blu-ray)
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Review of "Now You See Me 2 (Blu-ray)"
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‘Now You See Me 2’ is the sequel to the 2013 film, ‘Now You See Me’. The film is a 2016 American Heist, Thriller film directed by Jon M.Chu and written by Ed Solomon, and follows the Four Horsemen who resurface and are forcibly recruited by a tech genius to pull of an almost impossible heist. I really enjoyed the first film and was looking forwards to seeing the sequel. This film features some of the same characters/actors that were in the first film including Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and this sequel also stars Daniel Radcliffe as well. This is available to purchase on DVD; however, I watched it free through Amazon Prime.
• Jesse Eisenberg as J. Daniel Atlas.
• Mark Ruffalo as Agent Dylan Rhodes/Shrike.
• William Henderson as young Dylan.
• Woody Harrelson as Merritt McKinney and Chase McKinney.
• Dave Franco as Jack Wilder
• Lizzy Caplan as Lula May
• Daniel Radcliffe as Walter Mabry
• Morgan Freeman as Thaddeus Bradley
• Jay Chou as Li,
• Sanaa Lathan as Agent Natalie Austin.
• Michael Caine as Arthur Tressler
• Henry Lloyd-Hughes as Allen Scott-Frank
• Ben Lamb as Owen Case
• David Warshofsky as Agent Cowan.
• Tsai Chin as Bu, Li's grandmother
• Richard Laing as Lionel Shrike
• Zach Gerard as Hannes Pike
• Zoey Callandria Jones as Hannes
• Alberto Calvet Gonzalez as Hannes' scientist
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The film opens in New Jersey 1984, where magician Lionel Shrike is attempting a trick that he thinks he is able to pull off. We see a very young Dylan Shrike talking to his dad and Dylan telling his dad that he doesn’t want him to do the trick. I’m not going to reveal the outcome of what happens as I don’t want to spoil it for those whom haven’t yet seen the film. Morgan Freeman is a magic debunker whom exposes the tricks of other magicians; how-ever he was framed in the last film so is now serving time in prison. He has a very strong message for the Horsemen which is ‘An Eye for An Eye’. We meet J. Daniel Atlas, whom is the self-appointed leader of the Four Horsemen, very early on in the film. FBI Agent Dylan is trying to track down the Horsemen, as he is convinced they have something up their sleeves planned. Fairly early on in the film there are some scenes that do make you laugh a little. J. Daniel Atlas comes across as a very strong character to start off with and early on in the film we learn that Agent Dylan isn’t whom we think he may. We see the Horsemen pull of their first trick around 20mins into the film and this part of the film is a little intense as you can’t help but wonder whether they will pull it off or not. I love Woody Harrelson character in the film and he does a fantastic job at playing his part.
After about an hour into the film we see Morgan Freeman appear in the film a lot more and we also learn a little more about Lionel Shrike as well as Agent Shrike and Thaddeus Bradley as they take a trip to the Magic Shop as well. During the film, it’s hard to know whom side Agent Shrike is on and whether he is on the Horsemen’s side or on Thaddeus Bradley’s side. Atlas, starts to become very suspicious of Agent Shrike and things get a bit violent when Mabry comes to collect what the device that the Horsemen, agreed to seal for him. This fighting scene, although full of action doesn’t show any blood or gore or anything like that. There are more tricks and illusions in this part of the film, some of which again are quite funny. Arthur Tressler played by Michael Caine, doesn’t make an appearance until after a good hour or so into the film. He comes across as a bit of a nasty man and he also comes across as a man who gets what he wants. Agent Shrike, finds himself in a spot of bother when he is locked in a safe and thrown into the water, just like the trick his father tried to pull off when he was just a young boy.During the last 30mins of the film, there is a big build-up to the Horsemen pulling off one of their biggest tricks yet. They promise to bring someone back from the dead and to pull of their biggest trick of all time. Mabry and Tressler, start to get worried what the Horsemen are up to and they try to go to all lengths to try and stop them. The last 30mins of the film is definitely my favorite part of the film as we see each member of the Horsemen pull of their own tricks in different areas to attract crowds and to ensure that they can pull off their biggest trick of all. This part of the film has a lot of special effects and things have been done very cleverly, in order to create illusions and tricks in the film. To be honest you can’t really tell how the film is going to end as it could end a few different ways, of course this all depends on whether they can pull of what they have planned. The ending of this film was definitely not a disappointment.
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I think all of the characters in this film are brilliant and I think they all do a fantastic job at playing their parts well. Jesse Eisenberg; although the self-appointed leader of the Horsemen, doesn’t come across to big headed and he has a lovely personality and is someone that gets on well with others. All of the Horsemen seem to get on very well together and they all have their own special abilities and tricks that they can do. They all like to have a laugh together as well as this comes across clearly in the film. Daniel Radcliffe, Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman are also great characters in the film. I think Daniel Radcliffe plays his character very well and although he isn’t a good character, he does come across as very likeable character at first. There aren’t really any characters in the film that I don’t like. Lula played by Lizzy Caplan is a new character to the film and she has replaced Isla Fisher (Henley) whom was a member of the Horsemen in the first film. Lula is a very likeable character and quite a funny one as well as she is a character that I think most people will like.
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There are obviously various special effects in this film, mainly when they do tricks and complete illusions in the film and the special effects are very good to make the tricks that the Horsemen are doing look very well. I think the best special effects are towards the end of the film, when the different Horsemen are at various locations completing their tricks. Although some of the tricks are obviously unbelievable, they still look great and are done very well.
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• Now You See Me 2 received mixed reviews from critics. On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 34% based on 165 reviews, with an average rating of 5/10.
• On another aggregator, Metacritic, the film has a score of 46 out of 100, based on 33 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".
• Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "A–" on an A+ to F scale, the same grade earned by its predecessor.
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I actually really enjoyed this film and I did prefer it to the first film as the tricks were a lot better and I thought the storyline to this film was great. I like that a lot of the same characters are in the film from the first one, and the replacement for Isla Fisher’s character is a good one as Lizzy Caplan does a great job at playing the new member of the Horsemen. I do think you need to see the first film before you watch this one, otherwise there are parts that may not make sense when watching this film. I didn’t find any boring bits through the film and to be honest the film held my attention throughout. There are some tense parts during the film and you can help but wonder to yourself whether the Horsemen will pull some of the things off that they have planned or not. You can’t help but like all of the characters in the film, especially Merritt played by Woody Harrelson. There is a fair amount of action in the film and as stated earlier in the review there is a fighting scene, although this scene isn’t too violent. I personally didn’t think the ending to the film was too predictable and I thought it was a good ending. There could easily be another one of these films to follow; although as far as I know and have read this is not yet in the pipeline. I personally think they should leave the film how it ended and not make a 3rd film. If you like adventure films then I think this is well worth a watch.
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Director: Jon M Chu.
Genre: Action, Adventure
Running Time: 129mins
Product Information : Now You See Me 2 (Blu-ray)
Manufacturer's product description
Actor(s) (Last name, First name): Freeman, Morgan
Classification: 12 years and over
Production Year: 2016
Actor(s): Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Daniel Radcliffe
Director(s): Jon M. Chu
DVD Region: DVD
Video Category: Feature Film
Listed on Ciao since: 11/09/2017