Most of the gang is back – but the sense of fun that catapulted the original khổng lồ success is drowned out by desperation in this bigger, louder follow-up crime caper


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It’s significantly longer than its predecessor, running over two hours. The first film took a short detour to Paris, but otherwise stayed in the States; Now You See Me 2 jumps from America, to trung quốc (in an obvious effort khổng lồ court the Asian market), and finally to lớn England. The plot boasts higher stakes. Its melee of characters has grown khổng lồ include a hammy new villain, played by Daniel Radcliffe. Và Woody Harrelson is back, playing not one, but two characters … they’re twins.

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Now You See Me, a jazzy heist caper that became a surprise hit in the summer of 2013, had an energising tỷ lệ thoát to it, courtesy of French film-maker Louis Leterrier, even though it didn’t make a lick of sense. By contrast, Now You See Me 2 plays lượt thích its try-hard cousin: it wants so badly to win you over that the desperation is off-putting. The film, like the smug magicians that populate it, showboats by throwing more of everything at the screen. Critically lacking is the sense of fun that characterised its predecessor.

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Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg & Dave Franco, as the three other magicians that trang điểm the Four Horsemen – David Copperfield’s answer to lớn Robin Hood’s Merry Men – also give it their all. The same goes for Mark Ruffalo, as the Horsemen’s boss, who appears to have walked in from the set of Spotlight, forcefully emoting his way through the whole parade. It’s unfortunate then that Ed Solomon & Peter Chiarelli’s screenplay underserves them completely by not bothering with any semblance of character development.

The do-or-die mission involves the Four Horseman attempting khổng lồ steal a cpu that has the power to lớn de-encrypt every computer in the world (yes, every). It also leads lớn the film’s most inane mix piece, where the group manoeuvre the chip, embedded in an ace of spades, between themselves after gaining access khổng lồ a heavily guarded vault. For what seems an eternity, the CGI card gets flicked around from Horseman to lớn Horseman, flying through the air, & at one point, down Eisenberg’s pants. If this all sounds thrilling, then more power khổng lồ you.

Incoming director Jon M Chu (best known for making the second & third Step Up dance films) is a visibly slick choreographer: he stages a grand finale in London on New Year’s Eve with impressive precision. But his skills and a willing cast can’t overcome a story that stubbornly refuses lớn embrace its inherent dumbness in favour of pointless convolutions. Where’s the fun in that?

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