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Legendary magician David Copperfield (who, incidentally, is a co-producer on “Now You See Me 2”) used lớn end his shows by literally flying off the stage —he would put his hands on his hips, puff his chest like Superman và lift up into lớn the rafters. This incredible exit left such an impression because it got lớn the heart of what magic is all about: A great triông chồng doesn’t work by blindsiding the audience with an act of God. On the contrary, it works by defining the distance between the perceived and the impossible. David Copperfield may have been able khổng lồ seduce superMã Sản Phẩm Claudia Schiffer on his way to amassing a fortune that borders on the billions, but the man can’t fly. And yet, that’s what made his finale so gr&. It was a spectacular illusion because audiences knew it wasn’t real — as Michael Caine says in “The Prestige”: “You want to be fooled.”

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Magic — in the mortal sense of the word — is inherently difficult to sell on screen. The very nature of cinema is predicated upon illusion, the eye deceiving the brain into lớn thinking that a rapid-fire stream of still images is in fact a moving picture. From that foundation, the tools of the trade render almost nothing impossible, as a filmmaker can bởi as much by cutting between images as a skilled illusionist can by cutting a deck of cards. In other words, there’s a good reason why there are a lot more movies about actual magic than there are about magicians. In reality, it’s only fun to lớn see a man fly because you don’t believe it’s real; in the movies, it’s only fun if you bởi vì.

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“Now You See Me 2″begins with some Morgan Freeman narration in which he pledges that “Seeing is believing.” Although filmmaker John M. Chu has replaced Louis Leterrier in the director’s chair, it’s immediately clear that his installment will continue the franchise’s defining characteristics: An open contempt for coherent storytelling, và a gleeful failure khổng lồ underst& the idea of “movie magic.”

Picking up a few years after the original left off, “Now You See Me 2” finds the world’s greachạy thử ragtag team of magicians —“The Four Horsemen” — being forced to lớn live in hiding. Glorified Robin Hoods for the digital era, their ethos of stealing from the rich và giving to the poor has led them afoul of the authorities. Fortunately, their leader, Dylan Rhodes (Mark Ruffalo), has a day job as an F.B.I. agent, so he’s been able to lớn misdirect the feds from the inside. Good thinking!

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“Now You See Me 2”

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Of course, it might be a fun & refreshing change of pace khổng lồ watch a Hollywood franchise that untethers itself from all intelligent thought by kiến thiết, và the film’s best sequence hints at the property’s unrealized potential. Jon Chu has always been drawn to dance, & the standout moments of his uneven blockbuster career have found him continuing to lớn channel the same grace & fluidity with which he redefined the “Step Up” series. Consider the mountain siege in “G.I. Joe: Retaliation,” during which a clan of ninjas repel around a Himalayan temple in a balletic and tightly choreographed routine that marries the cartoonish violence of a Marvel movie with the brute finesse of “Magic Mike XXL.”

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Here, he brings that same balletic unique to a sequence in which the Horsemen are tasked with stealing a computer chip from a heavily guarded, hermetically sealed vault (in which there are conveniently zero security cameras). Jaông chồng pastes the chip onto lớn the face of a playing thẻ, & the (CGI-assisted) Horsemen fling it around the room in the hopes of eluding detection. The sequence shouldn’t work — there’s nothing at stake, and the laws of physics seem to lớn have sầu taken the day off — but Chu elevates it into a nimble sort of digital dance as you marvel at the inventiveness with which these characters are playing keep-away.

At no point are you fooled into lớn thinking that any humans are actually capable of doing this stuff, but, for at least one scene, you can appreciate how cool it would be if they were. We used to lớn watch movies & wonder “How did they do that?” The problem with “Now You See Me 2” isn’t that we already know the answer, it’s that we’re not even inspired to lớn ask the question.

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