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Now You See Me 2: Outlandish caper lacks plausibility

By Damon Smith

FBI agent Dylan Rhodes (Mark Ruffalo) assigns the remaining Horsemen - Daniel Atlas (Jesse Eisenberg), Merritt McKinney (Woody Harrelson) and 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 media launch to expose his skulduggery.

Alas, the trick is on the Horsemen and Dylan is publicly exposed as the Fifth Horseman. Meanwhile, the team falls into the clutches of mastermind Walter Mabry (Daniel Radcliffe) and former magician Thaddeus Bradley (Morgan Freeman) plots his revenge on Dylan.

Now You See Me 2 is an outlandish sequel to the 2013 crime caper that repeatedly loosens its grasp on plausibility for the sake of cinematic thrills.

Three stars

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