Now You See Me 2 is Directed by Asian Filmmaker Jon M. Chu and Stars Asian Pop Star Jay Chou

By Joy Chiang Ling

Now You See Me returns with its second magical act on June 10, 2016. Led by Asian-American Hollywood director Jon M. Chu, Now You See Me 2 features a star-studded ensemble cast. Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Lizzy Caplan and Dave Franco return as the “Four Horsemen,” a group of skilled illusionists who seek to expose a dark and mysterious tech magnate played by Daniel Radcliffe.

The first act reunites Daniel Atlas (Eisenberg), Merritt McKinney (Harrelson), Jack Wilder (Franco) and Lula (Caplan) in New York City, where the four heroes attempt to pull off an elaborate heist at a high-profile tech event hosted by Octa, a social media giant. After the FBI sabotages their plan, they mysteriously end up halfway across the globe in Macau. There, they meet Walter Mabry (Daniel Radcliffe), who has been living “off the grid” in order to exploit the masses through technology.

Mabry offers them a deal: in order to restore their freedom and reputation, the Four Horsemen must steal an advanced computer chip from a highly guarded scientific institution. With the help of magic shop owners Li (Jay Chou) and Bu Bu (Tsai Chin), they escape to London, where they pull off another magnificent heist in order to unmask the tech industry’s unethical practices.

Now You See Me 2 is a heist adventure film that utilizes clever editing, stunts and cinematography to produce mind-bending illusionary effects. It contains memorable scenes that involve sleights of hands, card tricks, stunts and hypnotism. These age-old illusionary techniques are combined with CGI in order to keep audiences wondering and wanting more.

Its fast-paced plot is energized by the bustling cities of New York, Macau and London. Humorous, exciting and intense, Now You See Me 2 will please moviegoers who enjoy elaborate heists and illusions.

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