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Tricksters return as they bid to crack a magical new case

Now You See Me 2 (12A, 129 mins)

By Damon Smith

Now You See Me 2 opens with a heart-rending Eighties prologue that emboldens the underlying theme of father-son relationships. Fast-forwarding to the present, it has been one year since the Four Horsemen outwitted Interpol and put former magician Thaddeus Bradley (Morgan Freeman) behind bars.

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. Alas, the trick is on the Horsemen and Dylan is publicly exposed as the Fifth Horsemen to his boss, Deputy Director Natalie Austin (Sanaa Lathan).

Meanwhile, Atlas, Merritt, Jack and Lula fall into the clutches of Macau-based mastermind Walter Mabry (Daniel Radcliffe), who requires the team to infiltrate a high-security facility housing Case's data-mining technology.

Three stars

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