DVD Magic Magic

DVD Magic Magic
DVD Magic Magic

Run time: 97 min
Rating: 5.0
Genres: Thriller
Director: Sebastián Silva
Writers: Sebastián Silva
Stars: Michael Cera, Juno Temple, Emily Browning
Alicia arrives in South America to vacation with her cousin, Sarah. When Sarah is suddenly called away, Alicia is stuck on a remote island off Chile with three of Sarah’s friends, including Brink, an American exchange student with a sadistic streak. Bewildered, frightened, and unable to sleep, Alicia’s reality becomes a nightmare from which there is no waking. Ancient indigenous rites, disturbing animal behavior, and captivating hypnotic trances come together in an intense exploration into the darkest corners… when the games go too far, reality unravels with astonishing and deadly consequences. Written by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Plot Keywords: chile, sleep, island, cousin, travel
Country: Chile, USA
Release Date: 18 April 2014 (UK)


  1. Perhaps this movie only works if you've known someone with the kind of debilitating paranoia that Alicia (Juno Temple) suffers from. I don't know. All I can say is that I was glued to it from start to finish and I honestly feel that it was masterfully crafted and offers so much more than most people are giving it credit for.

    I understand the backlash… it really is NOT a horror movie. But its not a showcase of intangible visual art-house dream-sequence garbage either, which is what I think people might imagine it to be when they read the synopsis. For me, it was never even the slightest bit boring.

    If you want to see how mundane situations can be brilliantly transformed into nightmarish experiences for one character, while other characters awkwardly try to deal with it (and often provoke it), eventually watching this dynamic grow to high levels of darkness and intensity, well then this is the movie for you!

    I wish more people could look a little deeper and appreciate the many layers and eccentricities of this movie! Like another reviewer mentioned, many of the scenes could be perceived as flat out hilarious. That is, if you can allow yourself to be simultaneously mortified and amused. This movie has the ability to provoke a wide array of CONTRASTING emotions. I've never seen anything quite like it.

    It's not a movie for everyone. But if you read this review and still want to watch it, you'll probably think its pretty neat.

  2. The American Alicia (Juno Temple) travels to Chile to meet her cousin Sarah (Emily Browning) and they immediately travel to a remote island with Sarah's boyfriend Agustin (Agustin Silva), his sister Barbara (Catalina Sandino Moreno) and their friend Brink (Michael Cera). Out of the blue, Sarah returns to the city and Alicia is left alone with the trio of Chileans that speak most of the time in Spanish. Soon the unstable Alicia is unable to sleep and becomes paranoid; she uses lots of pills and gets in a journey with no return.

    "Magic Magic" is a weird and boring movie about a tale of paranoia. There is no story; therefore the screenplay is only a development of the storyline (unstable young woman travels to Chile and becomes paranoid with tragic consequences). The result is a hateful movie with non- charismatic characters, no story, no nothing but waste of time. My vote is two.

    Title (Brazil): "Viagem Sem Volta" ("Journey with no Return")

  3. A shy young girl called Alicia goes on a trip to a remote area of Chile for a vacation. When there, she begins to feel threatened by her companions. Before long she starts to experience strange events and the others begin to become alarmed by her behaviour.

    This is a real slow-burner of a movie. It hints at all manner of things and remains to the end somewhat enigmatic. It's all about tone and feel. Not a great deal really happens in Magic Magic, so in order to appreciate it you need to just go with its rhythms. It's helped a lot by fine acting; especially lead Juno Temple who puts in another fearless performance. I saw her in the recent Killer Joe in which she was very good and here she is even better in a pretty complex role. Also impressive was Michael Cera who played the annoying man-child Brink who is involved in most of the amusing moments. The cast do well but the group itself is a very strange one in which you probably wouldn't want to spend a lot of time with yourself.

    The combination of a paranoid central character with the mysterious foreign setting means that there is often some uncertainty about whether Alicia's problems are psychological or if there is some strange supernatural source in some way involved. By the end there is still a level of doubt and ambiguity on this, although others may have more definite views. For a thriller it's a little too subtle for its own good perhaps, it maybe more accurately could be described as a character study. Either way it does have an interesting ambiance that kept my attention.

  4. My disappointment from this film is exacerbated by the way the DVD is marketed, with the box cover plastered with a quote from a review that proclaims: "stomach-churning psychological horror . . . a great thrill ride". Perhaps that reviewer is a friend of somebody connected to this film because I found there to be no horror elements, psychological or otherwise, nor any thrills. The characters are unpleasant and annoying, and so is their dialogue. John Cera's portrayal of "Brink" was somewhat diverting for about 5 minutes, after which I found the character to be insufferable. Difficult and unpleasant topics and characters can be presented in an entertaining way, in the hands of the right director and writer. But that's not the case here — it's just difficult and unpleasant characters and topics in a manifestly non-entertaining, non-interesting film. There's decent camera-work, there's a story somewhere, but it simply is not cinematic. There are some wonderful shots of the southern Chilean landscape, but otherwise I feel like I just lost 97 minutes of my life.

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