Now You See Me 2
|Now You See Me 2|
|Directed by||Jon M. Chu|
|Screenplay by||Ed Solomon|
by Boaz Yakin
|Music by||Brian Tyler|
|Edited by||Stan Salfas|
|Distributed by||Summit Entertainment|
|Box office||$324 million|
Now You See Me 2 is a 2016 American heist thriller film directed by Jon M. Chu and written by Ed Solomon. The film stars an ensemble cast that includes Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco,Daniel Radcliffe, Lizzy Caplan, Jay Chou, Sanaa Lathan, Michael Caine andMorgan Freeman. It is sequel to the 2013 film Now You See Me and follows the Four Horsemen who resurface and are forcibly recruited by a tech genius to pull off an almost impossible heist.
On July 3, 2013, a sequel to Now You See Me was officially announced to be in development. Filming began in November 2014 and lasted until May 2015. The film was released on June 10, 2016 by Summit Entertainment, and received mixed reviews from critics, grossing over $320 million worldwide.
One year after outwitting the FBI and winning the public’s adulation with their magic spectacles, the remaining members of the Four Horsemen—J. Daniel Atlas (Jesse Eisenberg), Merritt McKinney (Woody Harrelson) and Jack Wilder (Dave Franco)—are in hiding, awaiting further instructions from The Eye, the secret society of magicians they’ve been recruited into. Atlas, having grown tired of waiting for a mission, seeks out The Eye himself. His search leads him to an underground tunnel in which he hears a voice that tells him that his wait may be coming to an end. As he goes back to his apartment, he finds illusionist Lula May (Lizzy Caplan) in his apartment. Thwarting his attempts to bind her, she escapes. Atlas then goes to meet the rest of the team at which time their handler, FBI agent Dylan Rhodes (Mark Ruffalo) ultimately assigns them a new mission, exposing corrupt businessman Owen Case (Ben Lamb), whose new software secretly steals data on its users for Case’s benefit. Lula is added to the team to replace former member Henley Reeves (Isla Fisher), who has left the Horsemen.
The Horsemen infiltrate Case’s company and hijack the launch party for the new software, leading the FBI to their location. The show is unexpectedly interrupted by a mysterious individual who reveals to the world that Wilder, believed to be dead, is actually alive, and that Rhodes is their mole, forcing Dylan to evade his new boss Natalie Austin (Sanaa Lathan). While attempting to escape, the Horsemen are captured by mercenaries led by Merritt’s vain twin brother, Chase McKinney (Harrelson), and taken to Macau, where they are brought before Chase’s employer, technology prodigy Walter Mabry (Daniel Radcliffe), Case’s former business partner who faked his death after Case stole Walter’s company.
Mabry conscripts the Horsemen into stealing the data-mining device developed by Case from a secure facility, to prevent Case from using it. The chip allows the user to decrypt and access any electronic device around the world. Atlas agrees to steal the device, despite the others’ expressing loyalty to Rhodes, and leads them to a renowned Macau magic shop run by Li (Jay Chou) and his grandmother Bu Bu (Tsai Chin), who makes them the equipment needed to pull off the heist. Atlas contacts The Eye to arrange the device handover once stolen. Meanwhile, Rhodes is branded a fugitive and forced to spring his rival Thaddeus Bradley (Morgan Freeman), whom Rhodes blames for the death of his father, out of jail to help him expose the mastermind behind the conspiracy. Arriving in Macau, they seek Li for information where it is revealed that Rhodes’s father was a customer who had commissioned a watch along with the safe used in the stunt that had killed him. As Rhodes thanks Li for the watch, Bradley steps into a trick sarcophagus and escapes Rhodes’ custody, revealing that he anticipated Rhodes would free him if exposed.
The Horsemen infiltrate the facility and steal the chip, evading the authorities, Atlas waits in a marketplace in order to give the chip to the Eye. He is then confronted by Mabry and his men, Mabry revealing that Atlas had been fooled into thinking that Mabry was The Eye. Mabry had cloned his cellphone in the tunnel providing all the information needed to plot their capture. Rhodes intervenes and pretends to retrieve the device, slipping the device back into Atlas’ jacket and fights off Mabry’s men, but gets distracted by Chase and is captured by Mabry’s forces. He is taken to a nearby yacht where he learns Mabry is acting on behalf of his father, Arthur Tressler (Michael Caine), the businessman whom Rhodes employed the Horsemen to expose in revenge for Tressler’s company denying his mother’s insurance claims after Shrike died in a stunt gone wrong. Having secured the device, Tressler reveals Bradley as his associate and places Rhodes in a replica of the same safe that his father died in and leaves him to drown, but Rhodes now understands how his father had planned to escape and manages to open the safe door. He’s helped to the surface by Atlas as the Horsemen had traced him after Tressler and Mabry had left. After the rescue they find that the chip they had stolen appears to be a fake.
Rhodes and the Horsemen reunite with Bu Bu and Li, who are revealed to be a true representatives of The Eye society and determine that Mabry’s and Tressler’s principal fears are exposure which they should exploit. They broadcast that they will be performing live in London at midnight on New Years’ Eve and expose their activities, and as Mabry and Tressler think that they have the computer chip, they make haste to London, where the Horsemen are performing a series of tricks live on the streets. Mabry, Tressler and Chase notice a pattern in their appearances, discover that Rhodes is still alive, and locate the location of their finale, capturing the five and bringing them aboard their private plane. Mabry takes the chip card from them and Rhodes along with the other Horsemen are thrown out of the plane in flight. However, Tressler finds “The Fool” card attached underneath the label of the expensive bottle of champagne opened to celebrate his victory. Immediately thereafter, he finds the Horsemen waving from outside the plane window. After opening the door, Tressler finds that the plane has never taken off, and instead was tricked into boarding a plane on a barge in the middle of the River Thames, their criminal activities being broadcast live to the world by the Horsemen in the process. Jack and Lula share a kiss, but they are interrupted by their friends as they needed to go.
Mabry, Tressler and Chase are arrested by the FBI, and Rhodes entrusts the information they’ve gathered on the real criminals’ activities to Austin, who allows him a head start to escape. Rhodes and the Horsemen are then taken by Li to a secret library in Greenwich observatory where they are reunited with Bradley, who reveals himself to be senior in the Eye’s leadership and Lionel Shrike’s partner, having masqueraded as his rival as part of their mutual act. Bradley compliments Rhodes on the magician he’s become and explains that the Horsemen have completed their training. Before Bradley leaves he asks Rhodes to be his successor in the Eye. He points out a curtain and tells them to ignore whatever is behind it (as in the Wizard of Oz). Rhodes and the Horsemen find a door behind the curtain and enter a spiral staircase. As the movie ends, the camera pans out and the staircase is revealed to form the shape of the Society’s eye symbol.