SPOILER FREE REVIEW
Synopsis (Taken from RottenTomatoes):
THE FOUR HORSEMEN (Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco, Lizzy Caplan) return for a second mind-bending adventure, elevating the limits of stage illusion to new heights and taking them around the globe. One year after outwitting the FBI and winning the public’s adulation with their Robin Hood-style magic spectacles, the illusionists resurface for a comeback performance in hopes of exposing the unethical practices of a tech magnate. The man behind their vanishing act is none other than Walter Mabry (Daniel Radcliffe), a tech prodigy who threatens the Horsemen into pulling off their most impossible heist yet. Their only hope is to perform one last unprecedented stunt to clear their names and reveal the mastermind behind it all.
Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco, Lizzy Caplan, Daniel Radcliffe, Jay Chou, Michael Caine, and Morgan Freeman.
Rating: 7.2/10 (IMDB), 3.8/5 on Rotten Tomatoes (as of June 10, 2016)
My Rating: 4.5/5 Stars
When I saw the first Now You See Me movie, I was absolutely blown away. It had me second guessing at every turn and completely enraptured with all of the characters. NYSM was probably the best movie of 2013.
But what I was more impressed with was how this movie didn’t hit the sequel slump. I don’t think it was better than NYSM, but it was by far one of the best sequels I have ever seen (excluding the Marvel Universe, of course).
If anything, the Four Horsemen were back and better than ever. While it was sad that Henley wasn’t a member any longer, Lula was the comedic relief that was definitely needed within the movie. This movie held the perfect balance of mystery, tension, comedy, and magic. I’ve always been interested in hypnotism and magic tricks, and to see them wrapped up together into an action packed movie.
One of the other aspects that I really enjoyed was the various locations the movie visited. While we stayed in the USA during the first movie, this one took us on a trip across the world (to stereotypical locations in a movie) which helped add conflict to the plot line. In addition, the plot was nicely paced, and there was never a dull moment. Also, we got the chance to look into the Eye and learned just a little bit more about it. While we are still in the dark about many things, the Eye turned out to be more than I imagined it could be.
One aspect that I didn’t like about this movie is how much it relied on the mystery/crime element of the plot. While it was a great plot creator and pushed it along, it reflected a little too much of the first movie. I know, there needs to be connections, but this one was a overwhelming.
Otherwise, I loved the characters (per usual), loved the new faces, and I love the fact that they left the movie open for another one! Hopefully it does well enough that we can make this into a trilogy, because I never tire of watching the wild adventures the Four Horsemen go on.