Movie of the Week: Now You See Me 2

Count this among the many movies that did not need a sequel but I’m going to see it anyway because I happened to like the first film, even though a great many did not. Remember the names J. Daniel Atlas, Merrick McKinney, Dylan Rhodes and Jack Wilder? They’re characters from the prestidigitation-based thriller Now You See Me, about a team of magicians called The Four Horsemen who accomplish a string of unfathomable heists which completely baffled the FBI. Now The Horsemen are back, drawn into a sinister game of cat-and-mouse orchestrated by an old foe as they attempt to engineer their most dangerous heist yet. Look closely for Now You See Me 2 is about to arrive theaters.

What am I expecting to see?: Jon M. Chu is taking over directing duties from Louis Letterier, utilizing a screenplay from Ed Solomon, so I expect a fresh perspective on a sequel that does not need to happen. Most of the cast is coming back to this sequel including Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco, Mark Ruffalo, Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine, so I know what to expect from them. The new additions to the cast including Lizzy Caplan, who will step in for Isla Fisher, Daniel Radcliffe, whose presence in a movie about magic is ironic, Sanaa Lathan, Jay Chou and Henry Lloyd-Hughes, will add a wrinkle into this second act of the Now You See Me franchise. I don’t expect this to be a great movie but I’m hoping this is a fun movie despite being completely unnecessary.

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