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 their daredevil antics.
The first film was an enjoyable romp that lost its way and the sequel, penned by the same three screenwriters, is perhaps unsurprisingly similary convoluted
Most of the original cast reprise their enigmatic roles and the sequel welcomes Daniel Radcliffe as a reclusive technical wizard, who ravenously chews scenery as he puts the lead quartet through the wringer.
FBI agent Dylan Rhodes (Mark Ruffalo) assigns the remaining Horsemen - close-up 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 maliciously steals personal data.
Sassy illusionist Lula May (Lizzy Caplan) replaces missing member Henley and the team infiltrates Case’s high-profile media launch to expose his skulduggery.
Now You See Me 2 employs digital trickery like its predecessor, building to a firework-laden crescendo during the New Year’s Eve celebrations in London that is a damp squib.
Could it be magic? Not quite.
On general release
By NIck Ahad