One year after outwitting the FBI and winning the public’s adulation with their Robin Hood-style magic spectacles, the illusionists resurface for a comeback performance in hopes of exposing the unethical practices of a tech magnate. The man behind their vanishing act is none other than Walter Mabry (Radcliffe), a tech prodigy who threatens the Horsemen into pulling off their most impossible heist yet. Their only hope is to perform one last unprecedented stunt to clear their names and reveal the mastermind behind it all.
If you’re a frequent reader here then you probably already know how I feel about sequels. For the most part they seem to be underwhelming and try their hardest to mimic the original film. This film however, takes what was established in the first film and builds on it in a way that makes it interesting. The original premise made a film about magicians slowly turn into a cool, stylistic action movie and this film was basically just that the whole way through without trying to hide it. The plot was roughly about the same as the first film but with certain aspects amped up to 10. The one thing that I was a bit disappointed with was the finale. With the original film the ending caught me off guard and was a definite surprise so naturally you would think that they would up the ante a bit but it felt like it fell kind of flat. It was a good ending but it didn’t have the same punch like the other one did. The cast was amazing though! The ensemble worked so well together and they were able to keep every scene extremely entertaining. Will it exceed your expectations if you loved the first film? Probably not. Can I suggest checking this film out? Yes, without a doubt! I never thought movies about magic would grab my attention the way these did. A great popcorn movie for a great movie weekend. 7/10
The Art of the Ensemble – This feature follows the story of the cast and hoe each of them are an equal in the film.
You Can’t Look Away – This is a look at the visual aspect of the movie.
Bringing Magic to Life – A great feature about the philosophy of magic and how they manage to translate it to the film.
Audio Commentary with Director Jon M. Chu