“Magic Magic” is not my idea of a good time. Juno Temple is a young woman visiting Chile with a close friend (Emily Browning). They get separated and Alicia (Temple) is forced to spend some isolated time with Sarah’s (Browning) strange friends on a remote island. All of them seem to have over-the-top emotional problems, but everyone is functional except Alicia, who just can’t get to sleep.
Finally, Sarah joins them on the island. But, that doesn’t seem to help much. None of them are all that sympathetic to Alicia’s budding mental illness. Particularly disturbing is the taunting of Alicia by one of the friends, Brink (Michael Cera). This guy is an outright sociopath, though you would never know it from the director’s point-of-view. Brink is the most irritating of all the characters in this unevenly directed psychological thriller.
The film’s tragic ending has all the characters concerned, but no one stepping up to take responsibility. I surprisingly did not even feel sympathy for Alicia as she’s driven into madness. Save for the above-average performances, it’s all just so much trash. Grade: C-
Street Date: August 6, 2013
Runtime: 95 minutes
Rated: R for language, some sexual content and nudity.
Released by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment