Now You See Me 2 Review
Now You See Me 2
10 Jun 2016
Jon M. Chu
Behind the Scene and other Major Plot Points
A major plot point of the film is The Eye, the society to which the Four Horsemen are trying to prove themselves. The establishing shots of London very prominently feature the city’s large Ferris wheel, known as the London Eye.
A third installment of the Now You See Me franchise was announced over a year before this movie and is set to come out 2017/18.
Magic is so fascinating to me
How did they do it? No, don’t tell me lol. They pull off the ultimate magic trick in this one
I miss that show with the masked guy showing how the tricks are done.
That was, I think, Breaking the Magician’s Code: Magic’s Biggest Secrets Finally Revealed . I watched through the entire series several times. The main difference between what the “masked magician” did and the “magic” done in this film was that in the first case everything was explained – there was nothing superhuman or supernatural. The problem with the present film was that some of the tricks were physically impossible but nothing was explained. For example, in that scene where the team members passed on a playing card from one to the other while passing through security and getting interrogated, I was reminded of the Chinese Kung Fu and Wuxia movies where Jackie Chan and others demonstrated their superhuman fighting skills using chopsticks and other ordinary household items – but these guys were meant to be just magicians/illusionists and the film was supposed to be in a real-life setting.
That scene didn’t bother me, but the freezing the rain and making the water droplets defy gravity, physics, and common sense – yeah, that scene did.
Just illusions people! The rain scene WAS explained though very swiftly.
No, he explained how it was his rain machines making it rain but not how the water froze in mid air
The strobe lights cause the illusion of water stopping in mid air.
Well, it’s an explanation. Not totally convincing to the people feeling rain hit their umbrellas, and doesn’t explain how the rain had a lateral movement.
But when the movie comes out for home use I will watch it again and see what I missed.
Think it really is raining when Atlas does his trick with water machine and the lights to create such illusions. The only CGI is probably when he falls flat on the ground and turns into a splash of water, but even that is based on a similar illusion done by dynamo, which I saw on youtube though again it could be just camera angle tricks.
There were strobes. Atlas specified rain machine (cut to rods pouring water) and strobe lights (cut to a row of light blue strobe lights).
Though, how this actually work at large scale, with orchestrating the water droplets hitting the spectators and their brollies from particular angles, is beyond me. It’s probably possible in small scale with water droplets in a container (like the one Jack saw in the Chinese magic shop). Maybe the horizontal movement is possible by changing the direction the rainwater shoots out, but how did the water go from the street to the sky straight up? Rain machine planted on the ground? But the change in direction was in mid-air.
I know that was the explanation they gave…but that would never work.
A strobe light can cause motion to appear to stop if you have regular intervals between items in the same place.
So, hit a spinning wheel with a light strobing at the right speed, and the wheel will appear to stop spinning.
But there is no way to use a rain machine and a strobe light to make it appear as if the drops are motionless…they simply will never be in the same spot as a drop was during the previous strobe.
Haha, same here. If they had the Horsemen just stand around showing me magic tricks for 2 hours, I would be at the edge of my seat laughing and clapping!
Library scene location
Can anyone tell me where the library scene (near the end of the movie) was shot?
It does not look like a set… Thanks for your ideas.
Queen’s House, Greenwich
Question about the finale
Why did Daniel Radcliffe’s character Walter Mabry tell everyone on the plane that the computer chip was authentic (i.e. real), when the group found it to be a fake? To impress his father?
I think it ends up being a very significant plot hole. Either it means that Mabry was in on it somehow, which would seem unlikely given everything that preceded and what he says to Tressler as they’re being dragged off in handcuffs, or that Rhodes was wrong about/lied to the others about it being fake, which also doesn’t seem to make a lot of sense.
I came here for that very reason as I wanted to know how the chip turned out to be real after being determined a fake.
I was under the impression that the whole card mission was a test for The Horseman by The Eye, and that card was always fake?
The guy from the chip facility was shown to be part of The Eye. He was there at the end with the whole line “that’s how I know you. You’re the four horsemen” so maybe he switched the cards at some point?
This absolutely plagued me through the last act of the movie and it was bothering me through the credits, until I thought of it this way — the whole airplane was a mockup rigged by the Horseman, and the testing device would have to verify the card as real for Radcliffe, Caine, etc to throw the Horsemen off the plane. I have to assume the scanner device was rigged (since it was the Horsemen’s plane and device, not Radcliffe’s) to say the card was authentic.
Maybe not. They were all confused when he said the card was legit. They wouldn’t have acted like that if it was a setup.
Of course they would. The bad guys would expect them to try and trick them one more time and to announce that it’s real and have them so surprised is just more misdirection. It gets the bad guys to focus on them and getting them tossed off the plane and not think about any other possibilities.
Daniel tested the card inside the plane in an environment totally controlled by the horsemen.
the Horsemen rigged it to make the card seem real when in fact it wasn’t, none of it was real…
It would have been expensive. It would have taken time.
They made a point of saying that they had all the resources of The Eye available to them. For all we know, that could be billions of dollars and thousands of people. And considering that The Eye had at least some idea of Walter’s plan from the beginning, it’s possible they already had the end game planned, and maybe even already had some of it setup and ready to go.
Mabry or his dad or the twin might have said “Hey! This isn’t our plane! I left my favourite slippers on our plane, and they are not here!”
They knew the exact type and vintage of champagne that Tressler had on his plane. They also knew what type of machine Walter had on the plane to test the chip. They must have been able to get someone onto the real plane so they were able to exactly duplicate it. Of course, that in itself is pretty unbelievable, considering Tressler had people guarding the plane, and getting to a hangar at the airport without authorization isn’t exactly easy.
Who was driving the van? A confederate of the Four Horsemen must have driven the van, for it to arrive on the Thames, not the airport.
Yes, they showed Li take out the original driver and replace him. They even explained that was supposedly the purpose of Jack’s 3 card Monty trick, was to introduce the idea of doubles popping in and out of hiding holes (although it’s a pretty big stretch from doubles as in twins, and someone disabling a random person and taking his place, imo).
Maybe we are just supposed to accept that the henchmen weren’t able to distinguish between throwing someone out the door of a plane at thousands of feet, and throwing someone out a door of a plane sitting on a barge.
I think that the fake rain was supposed to ruin visibility enough to account for this, but considering it was only a couple feet, this definitely doesn’t seem reasonable.
What if Mabry wanted to shoot them, before throwing them out the door?
Yeah, especially considering that Dylan survived their first indirect attempt at killing him. You’d think they would insist on seeing the actual deaths, this time.
RT/Meta Critic Review
If you saw Now You See Me and enjoyed it, take it from me: you’re going to love this sequel, which is pretty much more of the same and then some.(Click here to see/RT)