Six years after part one, special effects ain't what they used to be. While F/X - Murder by Illusion relied heavily on explosions and smoke for excitement, here we're offered a 'telemetry' suit (enabling the wearer to control a robot's movements via remote control) and advanced video technology. But certain things remain constant: Rollie (Brown) and Leo (Dennehy) are still at odds with a corrupt system. After the traumatic events which left his girlfriend dead, special effects wizard Rollie has settled for a peaceful life as a toymaker. But when he is recruited to help the police on a case, he becomes embroiled in an intrigue involving the Vatican, the Mafia and precious gold medallions. Although this sequel spends more time developing the friendship between the crime-busting buddies, it remains rather flat and uninvolving.