I was lucky enough to be invited to Popchips’ exclusive screening of M. Chu’s second instalment in the ‘Now you see me’ film series. I was a HUGE fan of the first film and I love all things magic. With some big names in both series I was very excited to see the new tricks and twists to keep the audience guessing.
The screening took place in one of the private cinemas at The Soho Hotel (one day I will stay here, it’s so nice. Modern but still has character) and was hosted by magician Damien O’Brien. We were welcomed and offered drinks before Damien made his way around the group, showing off his mind-boggling magic as he went. We were left confused and befuddled by the range of card tricks he showed me and my friend, abbie.
We then made our way into the screening room (THERE WERE COW SEATS?!) and sat down to watch the film (with freebies including popchips and playing cards :D) I was a bit worried that my friend wouldn’t have a clue what was going on as she hadn’t seen the first film, although the film does follow on from he first, the opening scenes include a brief recap which meant I wasn’t explaining throughout the film.
The film focuses on a group of magicians (Jesse Eisenberg, Dave Franco, Woody Harrelson and newcomer Lizzy Caplan who replaced Isla Fisher’s character) which form to make ‘The Four Horsemen’ who pull off bank heists during their magic perfomances. Now you see me 2 sees The Four Horsemen transported to Macau when they are tricked during their comeback performance and are recruited by a tech genius to pull off their most impossible heist yet.
The film itself is very fast-paced and exciting with magic tricks making your brain work overtime (with a very long and drawn out scene revolving around a computer chip working itself around the team.) The film leaves you guessing what’s going to happen next but it’s really never what you expect. At so many points I thought i’d outsmarted the film, just to then realise i’d got it all completely wrong at the next turn and had been looking in the complete wrong place. But then again I suppose The closer you look, the less you see!
I’d definitely recommend this film if you love a bit of magic and want to be left feeling like you’ve actually been a bit conned by the horsemen themselves. In my opinion the first film was better than this one but i’m already hoping there will be a third!