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Now You See Me 2 (2016) Poster

Goofs

Audio/visual unsynchronised 

The scene in which the Horsemen are being searched by security for the Stick, Merritt has the card looking who to throw it to; we hear Lula saying "I do not speak the language." We can clearly see her turn her head to Merritt and her mouth isn't moving while the line is being said.

Character error 

When Dylan and Thaddeus arrive at the magic shop and speak to the grandmother, Thaddeus translates her response. Dylan replies that if Thaddeus's Mandarin was good, he would tell him. However, Macau Chinese - like Hong Kong - speak Cantonese, not Mandarin.
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Continuity 

In the first film: When Alma Dray is reading the newspaper in Paris, she reads an old article about Lionel Shrike's death happening in the 70s. But in the beginning of the sequel Lionel Shrike's death takes place in 1984.
The clock in Thaddeus Bradley's cell : 7h52 at the beginning of the scene, then 7h58, then 7h52 again at the end of the scene.
Dylan has a cut lip and bruised eye/cheek when he is pulled from the water. In the next shot the bruises are completely gone. A few moments later at the magic shop he's sitting with a blanket wrapped around him and all of the bruises have returned.
At Taipa Marketplace, you see an extra with a yellow checkered shirt and pointy hat coming in from behind Atlas. She is moving next to Atlas in the direction where Dylan is standing at the moment when Atlas tells Dylan to leave. As the camera angle switches back from Dylan to Atlas, the same extra is suddenly behind Atlas.
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Thaddeus tells Dylan to take him out of the prison just before 8 p.m., but a video recording of them leaving the prison has a time signature of 14:10, which is 2:10 p.m., nearly six hours before Dylan even arrived.
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The first shot of the airplane-cabin when where the Four Horsemen and Dylan are captured shows a microscope without cover. When it is used a few seconds later, it has a cover which is removed by the antagonist.
When Jack goes into the audience to "find a life sized queen" for a trick there is a guy in a light gray wool coat that is standing. As the camera pans to the right he abruptly sits down as he is blocking the scene. Then the camera view changes and this same guy is seen sitting down again in the background.
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At 37:02, Mabry goes to sit between the three horsemen sitting on a lounge. Atlas is sitting on a lounge to the right. As the shot changes to show Mabry forcing himself between the horsemen, Atlas has magically joined the other horsemen on the same lounge.
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In the prison cell scene with Thaddeus and Dylan discussing matters the wall clock visible behind Dylan shows approx 5mins to 8 O'clock. In the last shot of the scene the clock shows approx 10mins to 8 O'clock, presumably having been reset for the scene but to the wrong time to maintain continuity.
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Jack is shown wearing a security guard uniform throughout the entire infiltration of the launch party. When the party has been intercepted and Jack is exposed to everyone, he is still shown wearing the security guard uniform, but when the Horsemen are on the roof minutes later, Jack is suddenly back to wearing his leather jacket and T-shirt. Even if this is needed for the story and some time had passed between scenes for him to change, Jack was being chased by the FBI and was in a hurry to escape the building, so he would not have had anytime to change back, nor would he have risked wasting any time changing his clothes anyway.
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While Chase and Merritt are drinking in the bar, in one shot Chase is wearing sunglasses, in the next shot the sunglasses have disappeared.
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When Daniel is performing in London, there is a wide angle shown in the scene, with Daniel under blue lighting. In all other shots in the scene, he is under casual, white stage light.
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A closeup of the bulletin board in Thaddeus' jail cell does not match the other shots when Dylan is visiting. The newspaper clippings are arranged differently in the close-up.
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At the launch party, Dylan is holding a playing card with 'The Fool' written on it. Dylan turns the card around whilst holding the card on the right hand side. From a different shot, he is holding the left hand side.
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When the Horsemen are sleeping, just after they slipped in the tube, they land on a black mattress. Look carefully : on the close shot, Merritt has his right hand near his right cheek. A second later, on view from above, his right hand is now above his head.
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When Dylan is leaving the prison with Thaddeus, it is night time. But later on in the movie, when the FBI director and Agent Cowan are watching the CCTV footage of Dylan and Thaddeus leaving the prison, the time on the CCTV shows them leaving the prison at 14:10, the middle of the day.
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Around 01:28 Arthur Tressler walks to the car talking to a woman next to him, the woman disappears for the rest of the scenes after.
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When Dylan enters Thaddeus' prison cell and begins looking around, there is a clock on the wall showing 7:52. As Thaddeus walks into the cell seconds later, the time on the clock is suddenly 7:55.
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In Dylan's first scene, he walks into a meeting room at the FBI and requests a minute with the director. During this, Dylan has a mug in his left hand and a file in his right hand. There is a long shot in this scene, with the shot several meters from Dylan, where the file is suddenly in his left hand. Then in the next shot of Dylan after that, the file is suddenly back.
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At the beginning, when Thaddeus Bradley is making a speech in an online video, the video timer on the left (time elapsed) is changing but the timer on the right (time remaining) is frozen on 3:52.
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The clock in Thaddeus' cell moves from 7:52 when Thaddeus arrives to talk to Dylan to about 7:57 when they leave, a total of five minutes. The scene of their dialogue only lasts about two minutes.
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Crew or equipment visible 

The remote controlled camera is visible in the scene where the truck full of the horsemen is pulling into the garage. Look as the camera pans down and we see the top of the van. The camera looks like a box attached to some poles.
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Errors in geography 

During the London sequences, the FBI maps' GPS locators indicate that the Horsemen are in Limehouse, when in fact they are in Greenwich.
When the horsemen are broadcasting around the world, they cut to Sydney and New York where it is seen as being night time. In reality it would be day time and early evening.
When the new safe is dropped in the ocean, the skyline in the background is Dallas TX.

Factual errors 

On the UK mainland, the FBI would - at best - only have a consultancy or advisory capacity. Any law-enforcement would be in the hands of the UK Police. In London, this would be the either the Metropolitan Police, or the City Of London Police. There would certainly NOT be a blue US-type van parked on a London street with FBI plastered all over it.
When Walter is speaking to the horsemen, he speaks of a high-tech piece of hardware, however, instead of referring to it's ability as "decrypt", he refers to it incorrectly as "unencrypt". For someone who's supposedly ahead of the rest of the world in technology, not sounding very tech-savvy.
The movie shows the FBI operating in London in order to capture the Horsemen. The FBI does not have jurisdiction to operate outside the United States, although they can act with agencies in other countries.
When it's 00:00 on January 1st, it's not night in Sydney, it's 11 AM. When they 'reveal' stuff at the end of the movie, and they show that things happen exactly at 00:00 in the night in London, it can't possibly be dark in Sydney, Australia.
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In the magic shop in Macau, both Morgan Freeman and Mark Ruffalo's characters refer to speaking Mandarin. In Macau, they speak Cantonese Chinese, not Mandarin Chinese.
The Microsoft Surface seen in various points of the movie show the Windows 10 operating system running, however at one point the operating system shown is not applicable to the device. The shot shows the use of Windows 10, however the sequence shows the Surface running an external version of "Continuum"; a version of Windows 10 which is only used on Windows 10 mobile handsets when plugged directly into a monitor, with the OS driven directly from a phone handset. The fact a Continuum based OS is shown on a Surface as a standalone device is factually incorrect, as the Surface does not receive display inputs from other hardware devices natively in this way.
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Twice in a movie, the character falls into water inside a metal safe box. On both occasions this fall is significant - ~60 ft (~20 m) in the beginning, and ~100 ft (~30 m) mid-movie. The safe box has a broad bottom and stops almost immediately, as seen in the movie. The magician inside would crash at the bottom of the box with nearly the same deceleration as if he fell on a hard surface. Such a fall would kill or badly injure him.
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When Dylan is looking at the news articles in Thaddeus' cell, the camera pans over to one of the articles with the headline, "I am a victim": Thaddeus Bradley. The opening paragraphs on the first column are repeated throughout the entire article.
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Miscellaneous 

When Rhodes (Mark Ruffalo) goes to the prison to see Thaddeus Bradley (Morgan Freeman), he uses a different agents ID to get in. Bradley tells Rhodes, since he was the arresting officer, he can get him out of prison for 24 hours using by completing a form that's by his printer... which would be his own name, not the name he used to get in the prison to see Thaddeus.
The emergency exit sign in the private jet in the end is for buildings not aircraft.
Since the climax of the film takes place on New Years Eve, the beginning must be happening sometime in December, yet the establishing aerial shot of New York City includes trees on Liberty Island and other islands which are lush with green leaves.
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When the horsemen are being thrown out of the plane, the door is on the right (starboard) side of the aircraft. When the final reveal is shown, the door is on the left (port) side of the aircraft.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

In Now You See Me (2013), the audience is shown a flashback of a young Dylan saying goodbye to his father Lionel Shrike (Elias Koteas) as he leaves to perform the trick that will kill him. It is daytime, Lionel is shown as a late middle aged man with receding hair and he leaves Dylan at home. In this sequel, this whole event is completely ret-conned so that the trick takes place at night, Dylan is present at the location where the trick is being performed and Lionel Shrike is shown as a much younger man (Richard Laing) with a full head of hair.

CORRECTION: The scene that this refers to is only in the theatrical version/an alternate ending of the first film. The actual scene only has Dylan explaining how everything was connected and him giving a brief explanation of what happened to his dad and the safe. Since the scene is only an alternate/extended ending, the opening scene to this film is canon where as the extended ending of the first film may not be canon.
In Now You See Me (2013) it is quite clearly stated that The Eye only recruits new members every 50 years, and yet Lula May (Lizzy Caplan) was recruited just 18 months after the rest of The Horsemen. However, it was quite clearly stated that Henley decided to leave the Horsemen, and since there must be four, she was replaced by Lula.
The "Stopping the rain" trick that Daniel Atlas does is impossible with rain, as it doesn't fall down in linear streams. The line of drops that seems to float in midair earlier in the magic shop, falls from one single point. Rain would not seem to stand still, but flicker all around the place. However, Atlas clearly states at the end of his trick that it was done using strobe lights and rain machines, therefore the rain was not real rain and the machines could have been calibrated to be consistent enough to achieve the desired effect with linear streams of "raindrops".
After the horseman run from their first show they end up on the roof. you see Woody Harrison take his ear microphone off. then when the camera turns to look behind him his microphone reappears on his ear.This may seem like a valid goof except we are shown, not two minutes later, where they have been hypnotized and hijacked, so it's not as unlikely as it may seem to have someone who was handling them slip the mike back onto Merrils, ear before finishing the "trick."
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Plot holes 

When Merritt is on his way to perform his solo show near the end of the movie, he bumps into his brother Chase, later, Chase bumps into Jack and thinks he is a hobo, when then Jack hypnotizes him, yet meanwhile Jack should be performing his "find the lady" trick somewhere else.
Prior to the final show, when the horsemen are performing separately at different locations in London. [Scene X] Jack is busy with his card swap trick. While others are doing their tricks too, [Scene Y] McKinney is believed to be tricked once again by his face sharing brother at another location... Dylan gets a call and then he calls everyone to wrap up and meet somewhere. [Scene Z] Jack also wraps up and leaves the place... OK. Later after the expose in final show McKinney tells the story about how Jack successfully hypnotized his brother [in the Scene Y]. How could Jack be at two different locations at the same time? He was performing somewhere else when he did hypnotism at another location and then wraps up his trick back where he started.
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Thaddeus was behind Dylan's receiving his father's watch in the magic shop in Macau, although there was no way for Thaddeus to know that Walter will decide later to lock Dylan in the same safe and throw him in the river.
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Right after Jack steals the Stick, Allen asks the security guards to search them. He then says "Okay, I want to run full diagnostics on the system" and the guards proceed to do so. However, running a full test on the system would report the chip missing and the Horsemen would be quickly caught. Nevertheless, this is brushed over in the film and the "diagnostics test" is not mentioned again.
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