The Magician (2010)
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'When Melbourne hit-man Ray Shoesmith discovers that his next-door neighbor is a film student, he commissions him to document his life. The footage is to be released in the event of his early death. The focus is not on the violence, but on the conversation, the banalities and intensities of human interaction and obsessive interest in detail. We see what makes Ray tick, even as we witness his brutal efficiency. This darkly comic tale is fictional narrative, shot like a documentary. Its main character is a likeable killer, whose strangely moral illustrations take a jab at everything from the legalization of drugs to the prevalence of gays in Hollywood. --© Regent … More
as Ray Shoesmith
as Tony Rickards
as Massimo 'Max' Totti
as Garage Victim
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Critic Reviews for The Magician
Mostly, however, this dreary Antipodean curiosity is a yob-filled slog of hard-man posturing, all of it bathed in an oppressive testosterone funk. And I haven't even mentioned the hairy buttocks.
The Aussie New Wave sends out a very indie understated crime thriller.
The camera has penetrated the fabric of everyday life in unsettling and insidious ways, but not quite enough to mistake the pseudo-documentary-ness of The Magician for recorded reality.
A fairly pointless and not particularly well-accomplished exercise, although Scott Ryan gives an impressive, charismatic performance.
Ray is a ratty little bugger with a corner pub smile that hides secrets you're safer not knowing but can't wait to discover.
A gritty, shot-off-the cuff gem and a top prize winner in its native Australia.
might almost be described as Tarantino-esque, were it not for the absence of tight plotting.
Totti is either genuinely foreign and amusing or is an incredibly gifted comic actor - his innocent, matter-of-fact delivery of [some of his lines] will have you laughing for days afterwards.
After pulling this rabbit out of the hat, it'll be interesting to see what Ryan's next trick will be.
There's nothing particularly new here, but the storytelling style makes it worth a look.
Plays much longer than the 98 minute running time.
A festival favourite because it's different; it's a cheeky micro budget film which gets over all its budget limitations with the realisation of Ray's character, and its slight story convinces us that there really is more to it than we have seen.
Audience Reviews for The Magician
A low budget mocumentary about a hit-man, my kind of film! It?s been compared to Leon, Chopper & Man Bites Dog. Well, it?s nothing like the first two but unfortunately it?s pretty much the same story as Man Bites Dog and Man Bites Dog is much better. That aside though, this is a nice little indie that lacks in originality but makes up for it with a lot of Australian charm!More
Genuinly funny film with some really sharp moments. Brilliant view into the mind of a 'hitman'. Well worth a watch.More
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