Movie: Now You See Me 2
Direction: Jon M Chu
Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco, Daniel Radcliffe
Music: Brian Tyler
Cinematographer: Peter Deming
Editor: Stan Salfas
Genre: Action, Comedy, Thriller
What is it about: It serves as a sequel to the 2013 film “Now You See Me”. The film picks up after a year the horsemen had outwitted the FBI and gain the public’s admiration. In this they fall prey to a big trick which involves in stealing a data mining device. This attracts trouble from all corners, what happens next forms the crux of the story directed by John M.Chu.
Why it’s disappointing: The film starts off with a great promise, but keeps jumping hoops to match up to the predecessor. It had all the ingredients but couldn’t get the aroma which “NYSM” had. NYSM-2 gets quite lazy and banks on the tricks played out in the movie, which makes the screenplay quite handicapped. The surprise elements plays itself out, it doesn’t take a genius to crack the next move. The film pretends to run at a fast pace, but takes a liberal pause at few places, which kind of bores you out.
The actors were not that great which could be said, hey they did a great job. The performance was mediocre. Jesse Eisenberg too couldn’t hold your interest, and Mark Ruffalo looked lost. Morgan Freeman was just there and Lizzy Caplan tried her wits out to be convincing.
What to watch out for: The film definitely has some cool tricks up its sleeve. Which will drop your jaws for sure. The illusions, the magic and the act play out at an intriguing level, which leaves you in its awe.
The magic sequences and the one’s which involves the heist are meticulously derived with amazing style. Every sequence gets an applause from the audience. It has liberal amount of twists and turns which lures the audience to forget the flaws in the screenplay.
The VFX was spectacular, which is the biggest saving grace of NYSM-2. It would have been better with a 3D experience. They instantly grab your attention with details which prevails in the illusions rendered by the horsemen. The sound was perfectly mixed in Dolby Atmos, which complimented the visuals. The editing was top notch by Stan Salfas which had a great back up by Peter Deming’s cinematography.
Verdict: John M.Chu, tried his best to choreograph the sequences. But couldn’t build a play which could have complimented it. The film has spectacular visuals and breath-taking magic. But falls short on narration. Can watch it once for its technical brilliance.