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(12A) ... ..SEEING is deceiving in Jon M Chu's outlandish sequel to the 2013 crime caper about a team of wise-cracking illusionists known as the Four Horsemen, who expose the corrupt with daredevil antics.

The first film was an enjoyable romp that lost its way with a hare-brained final act. Penned by the same three screenwriters, Now You See Me 2 is a similarly convoluted revenge thriller that repeatedly loses its grasp on plausibility.

A centrepiece sequence, which concerns the passing of a playing card around a high security vault, is a tour-de-force of nail-biting tension, but nothing else in Chu's film comes close to matching its impact.

FBI agent Dylan Rhodes (Mark Ruffalo) assigns the remaining Horsemen - closeup conjurer Daniel Atlas (Jesse Eisenberg), mentalist Merritt McKinney (Woody Harrelson) and street magician Jack Wilder (Dave Franco) - a new case.

They must expose businessman Owen Case (Ben Lamb), who possesses software that steals personal data.

Sassy illusionist Lula May (Lizzy Caplan) replaces missing member Henley and the team infiltrates Case's media launch to expose him.

Alas, the trick is on the Horsemen who fall into the clutches of villainous tech wizard Walter Mabry (Daniel Radcliffe), who requires the team to infiltrate a highsecurity facility housing Case's data-mining tech.

Now you See Me 2 falls into the trap of most magic tricks - it's less impressive the second time around.

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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Jul 8, 2016
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