The Magician (2010)

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Movie Info

'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
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Comedy , Drama
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Cast

Scott Ryan
as Ray Shoesmith
Ben Walker
as Tony Rickards
Massimiliano Andrighetto
as Massimo 'Max' Totti
Kane Mason
as Benny
Adam Ryan
as Garage Victim

Critic Reviews for The Magician

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (2)

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.

November 12, 2010
New York Times
Top Critic

A gritty, shot-off-the cuff gem and a top prize winner in its native Australia.

Full Review… | October 28, 2010
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

No excerpt available.

Full Review… | February 8, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

No excerpt available.

Full Review… | April 14, 2011
Urban Cinefile

The Aussie New Wave sends out a very indie understated crime thriller.

Full Review… | November 5, 2010
Monsters and Critics

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.

Full Review… | October 31, 2010
Slant Magazine

Audience Reviews for The Magician

A well-acted, somewhat clever, and sometimes funny found-footage look at the life of a hitman, this Australian film ultimately felt a bit lacking to me. I understand that it focuses upon the stories of its characters instead of the violence, but I still felt that it just dragged from beginning to end. I just was never interested enough in the characters or found it funny enough to really like it. Perhaps I was just expecting something else...

Al Miller
Al Miller

Genuinly funny film with some really sharp moments. Brilliant view into the mind of a 'hitman'. Well worth a watch.

Barry Lappin
Barry Lappin

Super Reviewer

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