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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

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

Critic Reviews for The Magician

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (5)

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 | Rating: 2/5

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.

October 31, 2010 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

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

October 28, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The Magician, while predominantly a character study, does highlight how comfortable Australia is with criminality.

January 27, 2021 | Full Review…

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

November 5, 2010 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

A fairly pointless and not particularly well-accomplished exercise, although Scott Ryan gives an impressive, charismatic performance.

October 29, 2010 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Magician

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

Barry Lappin
Barry Lappin

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