This weekend there are eight new films out for you to choose from: less than magical sequel in Now You See Me 2, black comedy in The Mafia Kills Only in Summer, something quite different in Queen Of Earth, action/comedy in American Hero, historical drama in The Colony, more drama in From Afar, and alleged comedy in Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie and Central Intelligence.
Now You See Me 2 follows one year on from Now You See Me‘s antics of outwitting the FBI and winning the public’s adulation with their Robin Hood-style magic spectacles as 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 (Daniel Radcliffe), 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.
The film is directed by Jon M Chu and stars Lizzy Caplan, Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Dave Franco, Woody Harrelson, Michael Caine, Sanaa Lathan, Henry Lloyd-Hughes and Jay Chou.
Now You See Me 2 is released almost exactly 3 years after the first film, as it was put back 3 weeks to July 4th. Since I saw the first trailer for this, I’ve since seen the first movie and it was terrible – instead of getting to see proper magic tricks, they just used crappy CGI. And this second film just appears to repeat everything we saw before, except adding Harry Potter into the mix. What’s the point??
Whatever you think of it, it has a good chance getting to No.1 next time, since it’s released next Monday, rather than the usual Friday, which means that the film has a SEVEN-day ‘weekend’. The most a film can get is nine days, by being released on a Saturday, but even a Monday shows that the studio are running scared.
Hit or Miss? Verdict: