Most of the gang is baông xã – but the sense of fun that catapulted the original lớn 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 lớn Paris, but otherwise stayed in the States; Now You See Me 2 jumps from America, khổng lồ Đài Loan Trung Quốc (in an obvious effort lớn court the Asian market), & finally to Englvà. The plot boasts higher stakes. Its melee of characters has grown khổng lồ include a hammy new villain, played by Daniel Radcliffe. And Woody Harrelson is baông chồng, 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 bounce to lớn it, courtesy of French film-maker Louis Leterrier, even though it didn’t make a liông xã of sense. By contrast, Now You See Me 2 plays lượt thích its try-hard cousin: it wants so badly to lớn win you over that the desperation is off-putting. The film, lượt thích 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 và Dave Franteo, as the three other magicians that biến hóa the Four Horsemen – David Copperfield’s answer khổng lồ Robin Hood’s Merry Men – also give sầu it their all. The same goes for Mark Ruffalo, as the Horsemen’s boss, who appears khổng lồ have sầu walked in from the phối of Spotlight, forcefully emoting his way through the whole parade. It’s unfortunate then that Ed Solomon và 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 to lớn steal a chip that has the power lớn de-encrypt every computer in the world (yes, every). It also leads to the film’s most inane mix piece, where the group manoeuvre the chip, embedded in an ace of spades, between themselves after gaining access to lớn a heavily guarded vault. For what seems an eternity, the CGI card gets flicked around from Horseman lớn Horseman, flying through the air, and 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 and third Step Up dance films) is a visibly slick choreographer: he stages a gr& 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 to embrace its inherent dumbness in favour of pointless convolutions. Where’s the fun in that?

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