Director: Jon M. Chu

Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Daniel Radcliffe, Morgan Freeman

After the astounding success of the first movie, Now You See Me, comes it’s much awaited sequel Now You See Me 2. It is quite fair to say that there were a lot of expectations from NYSM 2. Sadly, these expectations have not been fulfilled. NYSM2 picks up a year after the first one left off; The Horsemen are in hiding while double agent Dylan Rhodes (Mark Ruffalo) tries to keep up the pretense of being an FBI Officer and continuing the manhunt for the group. However, after orders from the Eye, the all knowing elusive entity, Rhodes sets to bring the Horsemen out of hiding. However, this time the trick seems to be on the Magicians as tech wizard Walter Mabry (Daniel Radcliffe) seems insistent on calling their bluff. What follows is an exciting journey with twists and turns which equal a rollercoaster ride. The already excellent cast of Jesse Eisenberg, Dave Franco, Morgan Freeman, Woody Harrelson and Michael Caine is joined by Lizzy Caplan and Daniel Radcliffe. Daniel Radcliffe proves to be an excellent villain and it is difficult to imagine him as the same young boy who fought against Voldemort to save the Wizarding community. Lizzy Caplan brings a fresh energy to the movie and one can only wonder why she wasn’t included in the first movie. NYSM2 retains the biting humor of the first movie and introduces new, seemingly impossible magic tricks. However, it is much less thrilling than the first movie as this movie relies more on dialogue than action. There are also gaping holes in the script and the movie seems rushed as if the director is trying to wrap up as many loose threads as he can. This movie is a one time watch. I would recommend NYSM2 to those who are die hard fans of the original or have time to kill. I give the movie 3 stars.

Siddhidatri Mishra