Now You See Me 2 (known internationally as Now You See Me: The Second Act) is a magic caper thriller film directed by Jon M. Chu. It is the sequel to the 2013 film Now You See Me. The story is set three years after the first film’s events. The Four Horsemen return for a second mind-bending adventure, elevating the limits of stage illusion to new heights and taking them around the globe. It opens in the US on June 10, 2016.
Jesse Eisenberg returns as J. Daniel “Danny” Atlas, an arrogant illusionist and street magician, and the publicly seen leader of the Four Horsemen; Mark Ruffalo as Dylan Rhodes, an FBI agent working to find and capture the Four Horsemen; Woody Harrelson as Merritt McKinney, a hypnotist, mentalist, and a self-proclaimed psychic and the oldest of the Four Horsemen; Dave Franco as Jack Wilder, a sleight of hand illusionist, street magician, a talented impressionist of other people’s voices, a pickpocket, and able to pick locks, and the youngest of the Four Horsemen.
Morgan Freeman returns as Thaddeus Bradley, an ex-magician who, for thirty years, has made money by revealing the secrets behind other magicians’ tricks; Michael Caine as Arthur Tressler, an insurance magnate and the Four Horsemen’s sponsor.
New characters for this film are Lizzy Caplan as Lula and Sanaa Lathan as FBI Agent Natalie Austin.
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 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.
After fleeing from a stage show, the Four Horsemen find themselves in more trouble in Macau, China. Devious tech wizard Walter Mabry (Daniel Radcliffe) forces the infamous magicians to steal a powerful chip that can control all of the world’s computers. Meanwhile, vengeful FBI agent Dylan Rhodes (Mark Ruffalo) hatches his own plot against Thaddeus Bradley (Morgan Freeman), the man he blames for the death of his father.
At press time, on Rotten Tomatoes the new film had a rating of 45%, based on 11 reviews, with an average rating of 5.2/10. On Metacritic the film had a score of 60 out of 100, based on 4 critics, indicating “mixed or average reviews.” The film earned a rating of PG-13 (for violence and some language), and runs 1 hour, 55 minutes.
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