Now You See Me 2 Parent Guide
It isn't always easy to see the messages about the cost of revenge amidst the glitzy depictions of crime and magic.
Parent Movie Review
You might feel a little lost if you haven’t seen the 2013 movie Now You See Me. This sequel provides about 60 seconds of back-story, but that might not be enough to grasp the motivation in this sleight-of-hand film.
The Four Horsemen are a group of street magicians, each with his or her own specialty. Brought together by an unseen figure known only as the Eye, these performers pulled off the heist of a lifetime while being hounded by FBI agent Dylan Rhodes (Mark Ruffalo). (He proves to be more friend than foe by the end of the first film.)
Following the Las Vegas spectacle where the group showered onlookers with money they stole from a French bank, the performers had to go underground for more than a year. However extroverts need an audience and Atlas (Jesse Eisenberg), Merritt (Woody Harrelson) and Jack (Dave Franco) are anxious to get back in the spotlight. This time they are working with a new illusionist, Lula (Lizzy Caplan).
The Horsemen are used to pulling a fast one on others, but now they find themselves at the mercy of Walter Mabry (Daniel Radcliffe). The self-assured, tech guru faked his death and now anonymously manipulates markets, business ventures and the personal privacy of others. Walter is after a chip that will allow him to hack any computer in the world. And he wants the Horsemen to retrieve it for him from a highly secure location.
That mandate gives these conjurors full permission to pull off a fast-paced series of slick tricks that would be far more impressive in real life than they are on screen. (Sadly the constant use of CGI has taken away some of the “wow” factor a live street performer would inspire.) The plotline also goes on hiatus as the magicians make people disappear, create rainstorms and behead a pigeon. And unfortunately their magic skills don’t do them any good during the film’s fight scenes where characters are punched, kicked, shot at, thrown out of a plane, drowned and presumably decapitated.
In the end, this storyline is all about controlling perception and these magicians do that well with their over-the-top entertainment. For audiences interested in a little more depth than deceit, this film also tallies up the cost of revenge. More than one character is lured into a blind spot by allowing his desire to get even or for power to cloud his vision. While that isn’t always an easy message to separate from the glitzy depictions of Three Card Monte, hypnosis or card throwing, it does keep this film from completely collapsing like a house of cards.Directed by Jon M. Chu. Starring Mark Ruffalo, Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Daniel Radcliffe. Running time: 129 minutes. Theatrical release June 10, 2016. Updated July 17, 2017
Now You See Me 2
Rating & Content Info
Why is Now You See Me 2 rated PG-13? Now You See Me 2 is rated PG-13 by the MPAA for violence and some language.
Violence: Characters are punched, kicked and shot at. One character appears to be decapitated. A man drowns during a magic trick. Characters are kidnapped and forced to commit a crime.
Sexual Content: A couple kisses passionately. Some crude sexually suggestive comments are included. Characters discuss an illegitimate child.
Language: The script contains mild and moderate profanities, including some scatological slang, and frequent name-calling. Crude anatomical terms are used. Crude hand gestures are frequently used.
Alcohol / Drug Use: Characters drink in social settings. Smoking is seen.
Page last updated July 17, 2017
More parents' guide for Now You See Me 2 after the break...
Now You See Me 2 Parents' Guide
FBI Deputy Director Austin compares the search for the Horsemen to a snipe hunt. What is a snipe hunt? What drives people to try and deceive others? Why do those who are tricked often turn around and try to fool others? Are the tricks more or less interesting in this film when it is revealed how they were done?
How does this film use elements, such as musical score, camera shots and costumes, to glamorize the criminal activities depicted? How do the characters avoid consequences for their actions?
Can our negative feelings about another individual or group of people color the way we see them? What do the characters in this film discover when they take a closer look at those they dislike? How does revenge lead to some characters’ downfall in this story?
News About "Now You See Me 2"
From the Studio: One year after outwitting the FBI and winning the public's adulation with their Robin Hood-style magic spectacles, The Four Horsemen resurface for a comeback performance in hopes of exposing the unethical practices of a tech magnate. The man behind their vanishing act is none other than Walter Mabry, a tech prodigy who threatens the Horsemen into pulling off their most impossible heist yet. Their only hope is to perform one last unprecedented stunt to clear their names and reveal the mastermind behind it all. Written by Production
The most recent home video release of Now You See Me 2 movie is September 6, 2016. Here are some details…
Home Video Notes: Now You See Me 2
Release Date: 6 September 2016
Now You See Me 2 releases to home video (Blu-ray/DVD/Digital HD) with the following special features:
- Audio Commentary by Director Jon M. Chu
- “The Art of the Ensemble” Featurette
- “You Can’t Look Away” Featurette
- “Bringing Magic to Life” Featurette