Now you see me 2 review

Legendary magician David Copperfield (who, incidentally, is a co-producer on “Now You See Me 2”) used to kết thúc his shows by literally flying off the stage —he would put his hands on his hips, puff his chest like Superman & lift up into the rafters. This incredible exit left such an impression because it got to the heart of what magic is all about: A great trick doesn’t work by blindsiding the audience with an act of God. On the contrary, it works by defining the distance between the perceived and the impossible. David Copperfield may have been able to lớn seduce supermodel Claudia Schiffer on his way khổng lồ amassing a fortune that borders on the billions, but the man can’t fly. Và yet, that’s what made his finale so grand. It was a spectacular illusion because audiences knew it wasn’t real — as Michael Caine says in “The Prestige”: “You want to lớn be fooled.”

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Magic — in the mortal sense of the word — is inherently difficult lớn sell on screen. The very nature of cinema is predicated upon illusion, the eye deceiving the brain into thinking that a rapid-fire stream of still images is in fact a moving picture. From that foundation, the tools of the trade render almost nothing impossible, as a filmmaker can vị as much by cutting between images as a skilled illusionist can by cutting a deck of cards. In other words, there’s a good reason why there are a lot more movies about actual magic than there are about magicians. In reality, it’s only fun khổng lồ see a man fly because you don’t believe it’s real; in the movies, it’s only fun if you do.



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“Now You See Me 2″begins with some Morgan Freeman narration in which he pledges that “Seeing is believing.” Although filmmaker John M. Chu has replaced Louis Leterrier in the director’s chair, it’s immediately clear that his installment will continue the franchise’s defining characteristics: An open contempt for coherent storytelling, và a gleeful failure khổng lồ understand the idea of “movie magic.”

Picking up a few years after the original left off, “Now You See Me 2” finds the world’s greatest ragtag team of magicians —“The Four Horsemen” — being forced lớn live in hiding. Glorified Robin Hoods for the digital era, their ethos of stealing from the rich & giving to the poor has led them afoul of the authorities. Fortunately, their leader, Dylan Rhodes (Mark Ruffalo), has a day job as an F.B.I. Agent, so he’s been able khổng lồ misdirect the feds from the inside. Good thinking!

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“Now You See Me 2”

Of course, it might be a fun và refreshing change of pace to watch a Hollywood franchise that untethers itself from all intelligent thought by design, và the film’s best sequence hints at the property’s unrealized potential. Jon Chu has always been drawn to dance, and the standout moments of his uneven blockbuster career have found him continuing lớn channel the same grace và fluidity with which he redefined the “Step Up” series. Consider the mountain siege in “G.I. Joe: Retaliation,” during which a clan of ninjas repel around a Himalayan temple in a balletic & tightly choreographed routine that marries the cartoonish violence of a Marvel movie with the brute finesse of “Magic Mike XXL.”

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Here, he brings that same balletic chất lượng to a sequence in which the Horsemen are tasked with stealing a computer cpu from a heavily guarded, hermetically sealed vault (in which there are conveniently zero security cameras). Jack pastes the chip onto the face of a playing card, and the (CGI-assisted) Horsemen fling it around the room in the hopes of eluding detection. The sequence shouldn’t work — there’s nothing at stake, & the laws of physics seem lớn have taken the day off — but Chu elevates it into a nimble sort of digital dance as you marvel at the inventiveness with which these characters are playing keep-away.

At no point are you fooled into thinking that any humans are actually capable of doing this stuff, but, for at least one scene, you can appreciate how cool it would be if they were. We used to watch movies and wonder “How did they vày that?” The problem with “Now You See Me 2” isn’t that we already know the answer, it’s that we’re not even inspired to ask the question.