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"F/X2: The Deadly Art of Illusion"
Reviewed by Carlos deVillalvilla
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The sequel to one of the better (and most surprising) suspense films ever made finds Rollie Tyler (Bryan Brown) retired from the movie biz, now finding success as a toymaker. He lives with Kim Brandon, a beautiful divorcee (Rachel Ticotin), and her son Chris (Dominic Zamprogna). Her ex, Mike (Tom Mason), happens to be a cop.
Mike needs help nailing a serial killer, and he manages to get a reluctant Rollie to assist in setting up a shower scene to convince the killer that it's a beautiful blond in there, not the burly cop waiting to snare his prey.
Of course, things go wrong in a hurry and Rollie finds himself in a cesspool of corruption (again) with nobody to turn to but his old pal Leo McCarthy (Brian Dennehy) who is now a private eye. Together, they try to unravel the conspiracy before Rollie, his girlfriend and the kid develop a bad case of being dead.
Poor Bryan Brown. His career looked to be taking off after "F/X," but it never really did, particularly after the poor reception of the sequel. "F/X 2" has some entertaining moments, but by and large, it's like watching a magic show when you already know how he did the trick.
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