REVIEW: NOW YOU SEE ME 2

Starring

Jesse Eisenberg (Batman V Superman)
Mark Ruffalo (Avengers: Endgame)
Woody Harrelson (The Hunger Games)
Dave Franco (21 Jump Street)
Daniel Radcliffe (Jungle)
Lizzy Caplan (Mean Girls)
Jay Chou (The Green Hornet)
Sanaa Lathan (The Cleveland Show)
Michael Caine (Harry Brown)
Morgan Freeman (The Dark Knight)
David Warshofsky (Running Scared)
Tsai Chin (Memoirs od a Geisha)
Henry Lloyd-Hughes (Man Up)
Ben Lamb (A Christnas Prince)
Jim Pirri (Victorious)

Morgan Freeman in Now You See Me 2 (2016)Eighteen months after outwitting the FBI, the members of the Four Horsemen – J. Daniel Atlas (Jesse Eisenberg), Merritt McKinney (Woody Harrelson) and Jack Wilder (Dave Franco) – are in hiding in New York City, awaiting further instructions from the Eye, the secret society of magicians they’ve been recruited into. Atlas, having grown tired of waiting for a mission, seeks out the Eye himself. His search leads him to a tunnel in which he hears a voice that tells him that his wait may be coming to an end. The Horsemen’s handler, FBI Special Agent Dylan Rhodes (Mark Ruffalo) ultimately assigns them a new mission, exposing corrupt businessman Owen Case (Ben Lamb) whose new software secretly steals data on its users for Case’s benefit. Lula May (Lizzy Caplan) is added to the team to replace former member Henley Reeves (Isla Fisher), who has left the Horsemen after breaking up with Atlas.Woody Harrelson, Lizzy Caplan, Jesse Eisenberg, and Dave Franco in Now You See Me 2 (2016)The Horsemen hijack the launch party for the new software, but the show is interrupted by a mysterious individual who reveals to the world that Wilder, believed to be dead, is actually alive, and that Rhodes is their mole, forcing him to escape. While escaping, the Horsemen enter their escape tube on a roof and emerge in Macau, where they are captured by mercenaries and Chase McKinney (also played by Woody Harrelson) Merritt’s twin brother. The Horsemen are then brought before Chase’s employer, technology prodigy Walter Mabry (Daniel Radcliffe) Case’s former business partner, who faked his own death after Case stole Walter’s company. Mabry conscripts the Horsemen into stealing the data-mining device developed by Case to prevent him from using it. The chip allows the user to decrypt and access any electronic device around the world. The Horsemen agree to steal the device.Michael Caine and Daniel Radcliffe in Now You See Me 2 (2016)They get supplies at a famous magic shop in Macau, run by Li (Jay Chou) and Bu Bu (Tsai Chin) and secretly contact the Eye to arrange to hand over the device after they steal it. Meanwhile, Rhodes a branded fugitive is forced to spring his rival Thaddeus Bradley (Morgan Freeman), whom Rhodes blames for the death of his father, out of jail for help.Dave Franco in Now You See Me 2 (2016)The Horsemen infiltrate the facility and steal the chip, despite being interrogated and searched by security guard Allen Scott-Frank (Henry Lloyd-Hughes). Atlas is then confronted by Mabry, revealing that Atlas had been fooled into thinking that Mabry was the Eye. Rhodes intervenes and pretends to retrieve the device, but is captured by Mabry’s henchmen and taken to a nearby yacht. There, he learns Mabry is acting on behalf of his father, Arthur Tressler (Michael Caine), whom Rhodes exposed with the help of the Horsemen in the first film. Tressler places Rhodes in a replica of the same safe that his father died in and leaves him to drown, but Rhodes escapes and is rescued by the Horsemen. They find that the chip they had stolen appears to be a fake.Woody Harrelson, Lizzy Caplan, Jesse Eisenberg, and Dave Franco in Now You See Me 2 (2016)Rhodes and the Horsemen broadcast that they will be performing live in London at midnight on New Year’s Eve. Mabry and Tressler, thinking that they have the computer chip, make haste to London, where the Horsemen are performing a series of tricks on the streets. At the Shard, Mabry, Tressler and Chase discover that Rhodes is still alive and capture the five, taking them on his private plane. Mabry takes the card from them, and Rhodes and the other Horsemen are thrown out of the plane supposedly in flight. However, Tressler discovers that the plane has never taken off, and instead is on a barge (with special effects that made it look like the plane was in the air) in the middle of the River Thames, with their criminal activities being broadcast live to the world by the Horsemen in the process. Mabry, Tressler and Chase are arrested and Rhodes, now going by his real surname, “Shrike”, entrusts the information they’ve gathered on the real criminals’ activities to the FBI, who allows him a head start to escape.Woody Harrelson in Now You See Me 2 (2016)Rhodes and the Horsemen are then taken to meet the leaders of the Eye in a secret library in Greenwich Observatory. They find that the members of the Eye include Li, Bu Bu, Allen Scott-Frank and Thaddeus Bradley. Bradley reveals that he was actually Lionel Shrike’s partner, and he had been masquerading as his rival as part of their planned act; he had exposed Lionel’s first act planning to be dumbfounded by his second act, only to abandon the Eye after Lionel’s death. Before Bradley leaves, he asks Rhodes to be his successor in the Eye’s leadership and requests that the Horsemen enter a curtain. The Horsemen, along with Rhodes, go behind the curtain, and find a door behind it. They enter the room and find a spiral staircase; as they walk, the camera zooms out to the stairs, forming an Eye.Daniel Radcliffe in Now You See Me 2 (2016)If you’re looking for something to pass the time, or for movie night, I suggest this. Like I said, it’s just a fun, simple movie.

REVIEW: CHUCK – SEASON 1

CAST
Zachary Levi (Heroes Reborn)
Yvonne Strahovski (Batman: Bad Blood)
Adam Baldwin (Firefly)
Joshua Gomez (Invasion)
Sarah Lancaster (Saved By The Bell: The New Class)
RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST STARS
Ryan McPartlin (J. Edgar)
Mark Christopher Lawrence (Halloween II)
Scott Krinsky (Transformers 3)
Vik Sahay (eXistenZ)
Julia Ling (Undoing)
Bonita Friedericy (Veronica Mars)
Tony Todd (The Flash)
C.S. Lee (Dexter)
Matthew Bomer (Tru Calling)
Rachel Bilson (Jumper)
Anthony Ruivivar (Beauty and The Beast 2012)
Mini Anden (The Proposal)
Jim Pirri (3rd Rock From The Sun)
Matthew Willig (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.)
Gwendoline Yeo (American Crime)
James Hong (Blade Runner)
Jonathan Sadowski (She’s The Man)
Kevin Weisman (Alias)
Kaliko Kauahi (Superstore)
Odessa Rae (Movie 43)
David Burke (The Tick)
Ivana Milicevic (Casino Royale)
Noureen DeWulf (Anger Management)
Chuck Bartowski’s (Zachary Levi) life was going no where fast. True, he is head of the Nerd Herd at his local Buy More. But he lives with his sister Ellie (Sarah Lancaster) and her boyfriend Devon (aka Captain Awesome, played by Ryan McPartlin). His best friend is Morgan (Joshua Gomez), a fellow nerd who also works at Buy More.

But things change drastically when Chuck gets an e-mail from former friend Bryce Larkin. The e-mail contains all the files of the intersect, the complete intelligence files of both the CIA and the NSA. And, to make things more exciting, Bryce has destroyed the original files.

All the information gets downloaded into Chuck’s brain, making him a highly valuable government secret. So valuable that he has two bodyguards, Sarah Walker (Yvonne Strahovski), a CIA agent who pretends to be Chuck’s girlfriend, and John Casey (Adam Baldwin), a NSA who moves in next door to Chuck and takes a job at Buy More.

Whenever Chuck sees something from the intersect, he flashes on more information. Unfortunately, these flashes are at random and uncontrollable. And Los Angeles seems to be a hot bed of activity. Even with two agents guarding him, Chuck finds himself in over his head with his new life as a spy. Can he survive and keep his secret?

Yeah, yeah, I know what you’re thinking. The premise sounds unbelievable. And if you stop and think about it, it is. Fortunately, the show never gives you time to think. They cram everything into these episodes. There’s action and intrigue, developing storylines involving the intersect and Chuck’s past, romance with Sarah that she is not willing to admit is there, and plenty of laughs. Many of the laughs come from the sub-plots focused on the Buy More. But we also get laughs from Chuck’s reaction to his new world. But in case this all sounds disjointed, let me assure you it works beautifully. Everything is balanced and blended so that it seamlessly flows from one event to the next. And the characters are outstanding. Honestly, that is what holds all of this together. Even gruff Casey is fun when it comes down to it.