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|Originaltitel:||Now you see me 2|
|Genre:||Action, Mystery, Comedy, Thriller|
|Regie:||Jon M. Chu|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 129 Min.|
|FSK:||From 12 years|
The "Four Horsemen" are back: One year after the four magicians outwitted the FBI and the mighty Arthur Tressler (Michael Caine) in the spirit of Robin Hood, they return to the limelight. For the retired Henley the mysterious Lula (Lizzy Caplan) has joined the other "Four Riders" J. Daniel Atlas (Jesse Eisenberg), Merritt McKinney (Woody Harrelson) and Jack Wilder (Dave Franco). With a great illusion they want to expose a corrupt high-tech tycoon. But the plan goes wrong and after it is revealed that the magicians are working with FBI agent Dylan Rhodes (Mark Ruffalo), they have to flee again. This does not lead them quite voluntarily to the completely withdrawn entrepreneur Walter Mabry (Daniel Radcliffe), who makes a lucrative suggestion to the team: if they get back for him a computer chip, which was allegedly stolen from him by his former business partner, he will ensure that they get back their freedom and their good reputation. That sounds too tempting to refuse - but Mabry is playing with folded cards. Can the great illusionists actually be tricked this time?
2013 "The incomprehensible" by Louis Leterrier developed into a solid surprise success. The movie, which seemed as if David Copperfield had staged a remake of "Ocean`s Eleven", wasn't quite convincing when it comes to logic, but it delivered a really good cast and an extremely high entertainment value, which made the many logical holes absolutely forgivable. The whole thing was perhaps not a magical cinema experience - it was always a very fun one. And since the cash register was right at the end, there is now a sequel, this time with "Step Up" director Jon M. Chu behind the camera. And as usual, Chu tries to make the second part even more spectacular, faster and more amusing.
However, this project was only partially successful. No question about it, "Die Unfassbaren 2" is again very entertaining entertainment with some very well done sequences. The theft of the computer chip, for example, is a prime example of the high fun potential of this series. But the attempt to top Part 1 results in even less logic and an even more constructed plot that lacks one thing above all: the great moment of surprise of its predecessor and its fresh, unspent initial idea. The actors of the first part also show an infectious joy of playing the second time. With Lizzy Caplan and Daniel Radcliffe two very harmonious newcomers were engaged. Especially Radcliffe, who since the end of "Harry Potter" has tried himself out in the most different roles, can convince as a shady entrepreneur nerd all along the line. You simply notice that he enjoys playing against his image and even if the script doesn't necessarily demand a lot of his acting skills, his amusing play leaves a thoroughly positive impression.
It's a pity that a lot of potential is gambled away here just to lead the audience astray as spectacularly as possible. Since the tricks, when revealed, are only revealed as lazy and unfortunately extremely lame magic, the lack of logic behind the whole thing becomes much more obvious than it was in the first movie. Should there be a third part, which the final is working towards, the makers would do well to shift back a gear again. But even though the quality of the predecessor isn't reached by far and much of the charm of the first part is missing, the fast-paced staging, the well-placed actors and some wonderful scenes make up for many of the weaknesses. And so in the end there is a not so magical, but still more than solid one: Worth seeing!
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