Now You See Me 2

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Now You See Me 2
Now You See Me 2 poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byJon M. Chu
Produced by
Screenplay byEd Solomon
Story by
  • Ed Solomon
  • Peter Chiarelli
Based onCharacters
by Boaz Yakin
Edward Ricourt
Music byBrian Tyler
CinematographyPeter Deming
Edited byStan Salfas
Distributed bySummit Entertainment
Release date
  • June 6, 2016 (2016-06-06) (New York City)
  • June 10, 2016 (2016-06-10) (United States)
Running time
129 minutes[1]
Country United States
LanguageEnglish,Cantonese, Chinese
  • $90 million (gross)[2]
  • $71.4 million (net)[2]
Box office$334.9 million[3]

Now You See Me 2, also known as Now You See Me: The Second Act, is a 2016 American magic caper thriller film directed by Jon M. Chu and written by Ed Solomon. The film stars an ensemble cast that includes Mark Ruffalo, Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco, Daniel Radcliffe, Lizzy Caplan, Jay Chou, Sanaa Lathan, Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman. A sequel to the 2013 film Now You See Me and the second installment of the film series, the plot follows the Four Horsemen who resurface and are forcibly recruited by a tech genius to pull off an almost impossible heist.

On July 3, 2013, a sequel to Now You See Me was officially announced to be in development. Filming began in November 2014 and lasted until May 2015. The film was released on June 10, 2016 by Summit Entertainment, received mixed reviews from critics but was a box office success grossing $334 million worldwide.


Eighteen months after outwitting the FBI, the members of the Four Horsemen - J. Daniel Atlas (Jesse Eisenberg), Merritt McKinney (Woody Harrelson) and Jack Wilder (Dave Franco) - are in hiding in New York City, awaiting further instructions from the Eye, the secret society of magicians they've been recruited into. Atlas, having grown tired of waiting for a mission, seeks out the Eye himself. His search leads him to a tunnel in which he hears a voice that tells him that his wait may be coming to an end. The Horsemen's handler, FBI Special Agent Dylan Rhodes (Mark Ruffalo) ultimately assigns them a new mission, exposing corrupt businessman Owen Case (Ben Lamb) whose new software secretly steals data on its users for Case's benefit. Lula May (Lizzy Caplan) is added to the team to replace former member Henley Reeves (Isla Fisher), who has left the Horsemen after losing her patience awaiting Orders from Eye and also breaks up with Atlas, due to him being a control freak.

The Horsemen hijack the launch party for the new software, but the show is interrupted by a mysterious individual who reveals to the world that Wilder, believed to be dead, is actually alive, and that Rhodes is their mole, forcing him to escape. While escaping, the Horsemen enter their escape tube on a roof and emerge in Macau, where they are captured by mercenaries and Chase McKinney (also played by Woody Harrelson) Merritt's twin brother. Chase explains them how he tricked them and brought their unconscious bodies to Macau. The Horsemen are then brought before Chase's employer, technology prodigy Walter Mabry (Daniel Radcliffe) Case's former business partner, who faked his own death to avoid death threats from enemies.He also reveals that Case stole Walter's company. Walter conscripts the Horsemen into stealing the data-mining device developed by Case to prevent him from using it. The chip allows the user to decrypt and access any electronic device around the world. The Horsemen agree to steal the device.

They get supplies at a famous magic shop in Macau, run by Li (Jay Chou) and Bu Bu (Tsai Chin) and secretly contact the Eye to arrange to hand over the device after they steal it. Meanwhile, Rhodes, a branded fugitive is forced to spring his rival Thaddeus Bradley (Morgan Freeman), whom Rhodes blames for the death of his father, out of jail for help.

The chip is about to be auctioned the next day.The Horsemen infiltrate the facility and steal the chip, despite being interrogated and searched by security guard Allen Scott-Frank (Henry Lloyd-Hughes). Atlas is then confronted by Walter, revealing that Atlas had been fooled into thinking that Walter was the Eye and Walter was behind the voice in the tunnel. Walter tells Atlas how he used Altas' ego against him. Rhodes intervenes and pretends to retrieve the device, but is captured by Mabry's henchmen and taken to a nearby yacht. There, he learns Walter is acting on behalf of his father, Arthur Tressler (Michael Caine), whom Rhodes exposed with the help of the Horsemen in the first film. Walter reveals that actually he is Walter Tressler, one of seven children of Arthur. Tressler places Rhodes in a replica of the same safe that his father died in and leaves him to drown, but Rhodes escapes using a watch that belonged to his dad and was given to him by Bu Bu and is rescued by the Horsemen. They find that the chip they had stolen appears to be a fake.

Dylan Rhodes and the Horsemen broadcast that they will be performing live in London at midnight on New Year's Eve and will expose someone like last time. Walter and Tressler, thinking that they have the computer chip, make haste to London, where the Horsemen are performing a series of tricks on the streets. At The Shard, Walter, Tressler and Chase discover that Rhodes is still alive and capture the five, taking them on his private plane. Mabry takes the card from them, and Rhodes and the other Horsemen are thrown out of the plane supposedly in flight on the idea of Chase. However, Tressler discovers that the plane has never taken off, and instead is on a barge (with special effects that made it look like the plane was in the air) in the middle of the River Thames, with their criminal activities being broadcast live to the world by the Horsemen in the process. Walter, Tressler and Chase are arrested and Rhodes, now going by his real surname, "Shrike", gives all information regarding Tressler and Walter to FBI and tricks her and escapes. They also share that they changed the driver of the vehicle which was brought to the jet with all of them. They also reveal the had hypnotized Chase to throw them out of the plane. Tressler, in anger, reveals to Walter that he had many girlfriends and he doesn't know who is Walter's mom and assumes a prostitute.Prostitution

Dylan and the Horsemen are then taken to meet the leaders of the Eye in a secret library in Greenwich Observatory. They find that the members of the Eye include Li, Bu Bu, Allen Scott-Frank and Thaddeus Bradley. Bradley reveals that he was actually Lionel Shrike's partner, and he had been masquerading as his rival as part of their planned act; he had exposed Lionel's first act planning to be dumbfounded by his second act. This would create huge applaud to Lionel. Bradley declares he is quitting to take a break. Before Bradley leaves, he asks Dylan to be his successor in the Eye's leadership and requests that the Horsemen enter a curtain. The Horsemen, along with Rhodes, go behind the curtain, and find a door behind it. They enter the room and find a spiral staircase; as they walk,the camera zooms out to the stairs forming an Eye hinting that the Eye is a secret society.


  • Mark Ruffalo as Dylan Rhodes Shrike, a former FBI agent and the leader of the Four Horsemen and the son of the late illusionist Lionel Shrike.
  • Jesse Eisenberg as J. Daniel Atlas. He is a member of the Four Horsemen.
  • Woody Harrelson as Merritt McKinney, a member of the Four Horsemen, and Chase McKinney.[4] Twin brothers who specialize in hypnosis.
  • Dave Franco as Jack Wilder, a magician specializing in card tricks. He is a member of the Four Horsemen.
  • Daniel Radcliffe as Walter Mabry, Arthur Tressler's illegitimate son, a young technology tycoon.
  • Lizzy Caplan as Lula May, a new member of the Four Horsemen, replacing Henley.[5]
  • Morgan Freeman as Thaddeus Bradley, a magic debunker, exposing the tricks of other magicians and a member of the Eye and a friend of Lionel Shrike.[6]
  • Jay Chou as Li, a Macanese magic shop owner.
  • Sanaa Lathan as FBI Deputy Director Natalie Austin, who tracks down Rhodes for helping the Horsemen.
  • Michael Caine as Arthur Tressler, the Four Horsemen's former sponsor, who wants revenge for losing his money and power.
  • Henry Lloyd-Hughes as Allen Scott-Frank, head of the Macau Science Center and member of the Eye.
  • Ben Lamb as Owen Case, Walter's former business partner.
  • David Warshofsky as FBI Agent Cowan.
  • Tsai Chin as Bu Bu, Li's grandmother, who owns a magic shop in Macau.
  • Richard Laing as Lionel Shrike, a magician who drowned while performing an escape trick thirty years ago.


On July 3, 2013, after the box office success of the first film, Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer confirmed that there would be a sequel to the film, with production beginning in 2014 for an unspecified release date.[7] In September 2014, it was confirmed that Jon M. Chu would replace Louis Leterrier as director.[8] On October 2, 2014, Michael Caine confirmed in an interview that Daniel Radcliffe would be playing his son in the film and that shooting is expected to begin in December in London.[9] The film was produced by Lionsgate and Summit Entertainment.[10] In October 2014, it was announced that Isla Fisher would be unable to reprise her role as Henley Reeves due to her pregnancy and Lizzy Caplan was cast as new character Lula to replace her as the Fourth Horseman.[11][12] The sequel was thought to be titled Now You See Me: Now You Don't,[12] with the director pushing for that name,[13] but the studio call announced in November 2014 was that the film had changed its title to Now You See Me: The Second Act.[14][15] On January 28, 2015, Henry Lloyd-Hughes was confirmed to play the role of a tech whiz kid named Allen Scott-Frank.[16] On December 22, 2014, it was reported that Morgan Freeman was not going to reprise his role as Thaddeus Bradley,[17] but on January 19, 2015, film director Chu posted a selfie with Freeman on his Instagram, verifying that he would return.[6]


On November 25, 2014, Mark Ruffalo posted to his Facebook that filming had begun on the sequel,[18] as the film was shooting in London, England.[11] On March 11, 2015, shooting began in China, where filming took place in Macau and the Macau Science Center, and ended on May 12, 2015 in New York City.[19]

Theme song[edit]

"Now You See Me" By Jay Chou[20]


Now You See Me 2 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Soundtrack album by
ReleasedJune 10, 2016
GenreFilm score
LabelVarèse Sarabande
ProducerBrian Tyler
Brian Tyler film scores chronology
Now You See Me 2 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Power Rangers

The film's music was written and composed by Brian Tyler. The soundtrack was released on June 10, 2016 by Varèse Sarabande.

All music is composed by Brian Tyler.

1."Now You See Me 2 Fanfare"3:20
2."Now You See Me 2 Main Titles"3:00
3."300 Seconds"7:25
4."The Setup"5:45
5."Sleight of Hand"5:52
7."A Special Invitation"4:38
9."Off The Grid (Walter's Theme)"2:13
11."The Fool"1:55
12."Buffy the Chippie"2:58
13."Behind the Curtain"4:10
14."Thaddeus' Game"2:23
18."Diversion Tactics"4:34
19."Sibling Rivalry"1:55
20."Bazaar Getaway"2:09
21."The New Horseman"1:05
22."See You in 3 to 5"1:41
23."The Big Finish"3:56
Total length:77:37


In November 2014, the film was officially titled Now You See Me 2, and was set to be released on June 10, 2016.[18][8] In March 2016, the film's international release date was announced as July 4, 2016.

Now You See Me 2 was released on Digital HD on August 19, with a subsequent Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD released on September 6.[21]


Box office[edit]

Now You See Me 2 grossed $65.1 million in the United States and Canada and $269.8 million in other territories for a worldwide total of $334.9 million, against a budget of $90 million.[3]

In the United States and Canada, Now You See Me 2 opened on June 10, 2016, alongside Warcraft and The Conjuring 2, and was projected to gross $23–26 million from 3,232 theaters in its opening weekend.[22][23] The film grossed $1.8 million from its Thursday night previews, besting the $1.5 million made by its predecessor, and $8.4 million on its first day.[24][25] It went on to gross $22.3 million in its opening weekend, finishing third at the box office behind The Conjuring 2 ($40.4 million) and Warcraft ($24.1 million).[26]

In China, the film was released on June 24, 2016 and had an opening day of $14.8 million, a record for Lionsgate and up 67.9% from the original's first day. In its opening weekend the film grossed $44.4 million, also a record for Lionsgate.[27] China was the largest territory for the film, with a total gross of $97.1 million.[28]

Critical response[edit]

Now You See Me 2 received mixed reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 34% based on 165 reviews, with an average rating of 5/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Now You See Me 2 packs in even more twists and turns than its predecessor, but in the end, it has even less hiding up its sleeve."[29] On Metacritic, the film has a score of 46 out of 100, based on 33 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[30] Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "A–" on an A+ to F scale, the same score earned by its predecessor.[25]

Although critics and fans were disappointed that Isla Fisher was not returning as Henley Reeves, many praised Lizzy Caplan's addition to the cast. Caplan was described as "one of the sequel's biggest improvements" by Entertainment Weekly,[31] while Dave White of TheWrap wrote that she "provides a fresh infusion of smart-ass energy into the boy's club."[32] Australian film magazine Filmink also noted that Caplan "over-shadows her skilled co-stars with her sassy and commanding screen presence."[33] Owen Gleiberman of Variety wrote that "all bearded creepy grins, [Daniel Radcliffe] makes Walter a megalomaniac imp, like the world's youngest Bond villain."[34] Randy Cordova of The Arizona Republic, who preferred the film to the original, said of the villain character that "In [Radcliffe's] hands, he is a spoiled and petulant baddie, alternately creepy and hilarious."[35]

Ignatiy Vishnevetsky of The A.V. Club wrote that the sequel "up[s] the ludicrous quotient" from the original, "double-timing the convoluted plotting and embracing implausibility as an aesthetic...[I]f [director Jon M.] Chu doesn't seem comfortable with the swooping, lens-flare-speckled flashiness that director Louis Leterrier brought to the first film, he seems even less interested than his predecessor in creating the impression of a recognizably real world — which is a good thing, at least for a movie about a superstar heist crew called the Horsemen that involves twins, multiple secret identities, and a global corporate surveillance plot that can only be foiled through the use of stage magic."[36]

Michael Phillips of the Chicago Tribune gave the film a mixed review but considered it "more fun" than its predecessor.[37]


List of awards and nominations
Award Date of ceremony Category Recipient Result Ref(s)
Teen Choice Awards July 31, 2016 Choice Summer Movie Nominated [38]
Choice Summer Movie Star: Male Dave Franco Nominated
Choice Summer Movie Star: Female Lizzy Caplan Nominated


Now You See Me 3[edit]

In May 2015, Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer announced that they had indeed "already begun early planning" for Now You See Me 3.[39] It was later confirmed that Lizzy Caplan will be reprising the role of Lula May, that a new cast member, Benedict Cumberbatch, will be joining the cast.[40][41][42][43][44]

Spin-off film[edit]

In July 2016, The Hollywood Reporter reported that Lionsgate plans on making a Now You See Me spin-off with a primarily Chinese cast, starring Jay Chou as Li, his character from Now You See Me 2.[45]


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