Rent Now You See Me 2 (2016)

3.1 of 5 from 379 ratings
2h 3min
Rent Now You See Me 2 (aka Now You See Me: The Second Act) Online DVD & Blu-ray Rental
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Synopsis:
The Four Horsemen return for a second mind-bending adventure, elevating the limits of stage illusion to new heights in an adventure that takes them around the globe. One year after outwitting the FBI and winning the public's adulation with their Robin Hood-style magic, the illusionists resurface for a comeback performance in the hope of exposing the unethical practices of a tech magnate. The man behind their vanishing act is none other than Walter Mabry, 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.
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Bobby Cohen, Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci
Writers:
Ed Solomon, Peter Chiarelli, Boaz Yakin, Edward Ricourt
Aka:
Now You See Me: The Second Act
Studio:
E1 Entertainment
Genres:
Thrillers
BBFC:
Release Date:
07/11/2016
Run Time:
123 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.40:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • 'You Can't Look Away' Featurette
  • Audio Commentary with Director Jon M. Chu
BBFC:
Release Date:
07/11/2016
Run Time:
129 minutes
Languages:
English, English Audio Description
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.40:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • 'You Can't Look Away' Featurette
  • Audio Commentary with Director Jon M. Chu
  • The Art of the Ensemble
  • Bringing Magic to Life

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Reviews (5) of Now You See Me 2

Now You Don't! - Now You See Me 2 review by MD

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08/01/2017

I loved the first film, a great and original idea that made for a terrifically entertaining movie, so I groaned the minute I saw they were doing this sequel because the original was truly a one-off.

Full marks to the scriptwriters for the way they managed to create a second movie by twisting virtually everything from the first, but really this was just unbelievable hokum, played at a frenetic pace to hide the numerous cracks in every aspect of it. I found myself not caring about either the characters or the story any longer, and I commend Isla Fisher on her impeccable taste in deciding to give this one a miss!

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Defiantly missable - Now You See Me 2 review by TS

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18/02/2017

Dreadful sequel. Appalling sound. We lasted 15 minutes before hitting the eject button. I would commend it to all those aged 7 and below.

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More of the same - Now You See Me 2 review by NC

Spoiler Alert
08/06/2017

If liked the first one OK will watch this one OK. At least not excessive or continual F word, like most offerings from US. Maybe Trump has some input?

Is bit of light fun. Not the same characters as in Red films, and Michael and Morgan just going through the motions, but passes the time. Loads worse about, and i mean loads.

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Critic review

Now You See Me 2 (aka Now You See Me: The Second Act) review by Mark McPherson - Cinema Paradiso

Watching the sequel to Now You See Me is very much like watching the 2nd presentation of a magic show you've already seen prior. I’ve seen these tricks before and notice minor differences between the two performances. Some of the cleverness still makes me smile, but the repetition drains some of the amazement. It’s just not the same the second time around.

The Horsemen, the magician group that specializes in heists with the public as their audience, have returned from the shadows for another caper. With the new addition of Lizzy Caplan to the ensemble that includes Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco and Mark Ruffalo, their latest target is a mobile phone mogul they intend to humiliate at a press event. With their fast talking, quick disguises and slight of hand, the group successfully infiltrates the events and wows a crowd. But they are soon captured by the evil tech mogul Walter Mabry (Daniel Mabry) - labeled as an antagonist for his distaste of magic. He desires a computer chip in a Chinese data facility and forcefully employs the Horsemen to retrieve it for him.

It’s up to the Horsemen to work together as a team to find a way out of this scenario and the movie never wastes a moment to state how the Horsemen are a team. But they’re only a team in the way everybody talks about them as such. There isn’t a whole lot of chemistry between these magicians that mostly trade insults. It almost appears as though each actor has their own scene, refusing to let the other actors step over them. Lizzy Caplan in particular is trying far too hard to stick out as the strong female of the group that her scenes become excruciating to watch.

A good magician never reveals his secrets, but these magicians can’t wait to divulge all their tricks. They do so during their heists to show off how clever they are in their schemes. The only problem with that is when they spend so much time revealing their secrets that it reached a point where I just didn’t care how any of this was done. They don’t even bother to explain some of their more elaborate outs and tricks as when Jesse Eisenberg falls back into a puddle of water and evaporates. The answer is CGI and I doubt it’d be that impressive if The Horsemen explained how render passes work. And the rest of their tricks involve them disappearing without a trace from certain areas, making them appear less as magicians and more as ninjas.

Despite my distaste for most of the movie, I can’t fault it for being a fun caper. It moves fast enough, the cast is A-list, the locations are beautiful and the magic tricks are showy and clever (the ones explained at least). If you can suspend enough belief, the movie is actually enjoyable. But if you found it difficult to do so with the previous movie, it’s even more of a chore with this movie that has all the same problems. The big plot twist revealed at the end of the picture creates a real stopping point where you’re either forgiving of the picture running out of ideas or infuriated that all of this was leading up to such a ridiculous excuse of a finale. Having seen this twist before from this series, I was more disappointed than anything. The magic just isn’t there when you can see all the strings being pulled.

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