The 2013 box office success Now You See Me introduced four incredible illusionists called the Four Horsemen doing a dazzling magic act in one city, while performing an elaborate bank heist in another. Now, they’re back in a sequel that’s just as dazzling and twisting, too.
Just to recap, the Horsemen are the fearless leader Daniel Atlas (actor Jesse Eisenberg), hypnotist Merritt McKinney (Woody Harrelson), card master Jack Wilder (Dave Franco) and the new addition Lula (Lizzy Caplan) who replaces the first film’s Isla Fisher as the woman of interest (and she’s better!).
It turns out that Dylan Rhodes (Mark Ruffalo), the FBI agent on their tail, was the true mastermind of the illusion, and that’s where we left off. Now, the twists and turns continue.
Here are some revelations about the second act.
Morgan Freeman returns as Thaddeus Bradley, the skeptic who tries to debunk the Horsemen’s acts in the first film. Now Bradley’s in jail plotting his revenge against the Horsemen.
Daniel Radcliffe: The Harry Potter actor is one of the newcomers as a quirky rich Walter Mabry who lives in Macau. “Walter was probably a kid who tried to do a bit of magic for a while, but wasn’t that skilled at it,” Radcliffe says. “He doesn’t want to suspend disbelief, he wants to find out how things are done. There’s a little bitterness there, because he isn’t as talented as the Horseman. He kind of wants to be their friend, but he resents them as well.”
Lizzie Caplan plays Lulu: She replaces the female character in the first film and is sort of a “geek magician,” who is really ambitious, and good.
Dave Franco, one of the Horsemen, staged his death in the first film. Now he’s back, and has a flirtation going with Lulu.
Now You See Me 2 is directed by Jon M. Chu (Step Up 2: The Streets, Step Up 3D, Justin Bieber: Never Say Never and G.I. Joe: Retaliation), runs 129 minutes and is PG-13 for violence and some language.
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