From director Jon M. Chu, the man behind Jem and the Holograms and Justin Bieber: Never Say Never (why?!?), Now You See Me 2 continues the story of J. Daniel Atlas (Jesse Eisenberg), Merritt McKinney (Woody Harrelson), Jack Wilder (Dave Franco) and undercover cop, Dylan Rhodes (Mark Ruffalo). They're on the run, still working for an agency known as 'the eye,' which they know very little about. After recruiting a new horseman, Lula (Lizzy Caplan), they're threatened by a very wealthy man named Walter (Daniel Radcliffe) into stealing a device that can hack into any computer in the world.
Without giving away any plot spoilers, there are some events that happen that prove to be rather difficult to the Horsemen, and each and every one of their escapes or ways out are all either painfully idiotic, nonsensical or convenient, and none are given a reasonable explanation. We're just told to accept the facts for what they are, despite the facts making zero sense whatsoever. I felt insulted by this movie on a personal level, and no, that's not because it's an offensive film, but is instead because of how ridiculously dumb it is.
Not only that, but the writing in general is just extremely poor. Corny dialogue, I will admit, can work from time to time. If it suits the style of the movie and works with what they're going for, I love it. I have nothing against a cheesy movie if the cheesiness works in its advantage. The writing in Now You See Me 2 isn't necessarily cheesy, it's just straight up bad. The dialogue is horrendous, the character development non-existent and if you were looking for any sort of originality... well, I honestly can't tell if this film had any. It may have, but if it did, I sure as hell didn't notice it.
Another great example of how illogical the tricks are in this movie, and I will warn you that this is a minor-spoiler so just skip this paragraph if you'd rather not know, is a scene about halfway through. To be honest, it felt like it was nearing the finale, but I checked my watch and there was still over an hour left. But anyways, the scene shows the horsemen attempting to throw a card around between the four of them so that none of the security members see the card while they're being patted down. It's a physics defying and mind bogglingly stupid scene that features the card moving in a, quite literally, magical way, flying from body to body and rolling around under their clothes with no apparent source of movement.
To sum up, Now You See Me 2 is one of the most idiotic and lifeless messes of a movie that you will see in 2016. The plot is nonsensical, the characters undeveloped and the writing unforgivably bad. Is it acceptable to call out the advertising team for false advertising since they advertised this as what seemed to be a clever movie?