The first Now You See Me was a surprising hit with adult audiences back in 2013 and managed to quietly rack up $350 million worldwide, which naturally meant a sequel was inevitable. Not that I’m complaining, because the combination of Mark Ruffalo’s charm, movie-critic hater Jesse Eisenberg’s eloquent assholery, Dave Franco’s winsome douchery, and Woody Harrelson’s dumb-guy wit is potent. A good heist feels like a magic trick, so the combination makes perfect sense.
This time around, Isla Fisher (who literally nearly died in a water tank stunt on the first one) has been replaced by Lizzy Caplan, and Daniel Radcliffe comes aboard as a tech magnate who puts their latest heist into motion.
I suspect that only three of you will associate Eisenberg’s rain sequence in the trailer with the rain-storm dance sequence in Step Up 3D, but the visual similarities were too hard to ignore for me, and sure enough, Jon M. Chu directed both.
Also, I am still impressed with how they pulled that magic trick over on the audience in the first film.