Magic Man (2010)
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The premise was interesting but the acting brutal (someone had a bang on comparison to Arnie for the Russian cop), script stunted and the weaving of the scenes - well 'chunky' comes to mind.
No one should pay more than they would for a can of Red Bull to watch this movie - drink one before because you are going to need it!!
This movie is not worth the 10 lines of script but i felt it necessary to add this in order to spare some poor soul out there.
Boy I was mistaken , this is a total waste of time. No magic here , move along . I mean it
While the cast is not bad , the Russian lead which reminds me of Arny playing terminator , is awful . The movie is predictable too . I mean what were they thinking , the killer is so obvious that I kept thinking this cant be it , there must be a twist in there somewhere . Well I was wrong . I will never get these 80 minutes back , but maybe I can save someone by writing my 1st comment .....
Now, we are aware that some people trash movies in hyperbolic fashion just for fun. This is not the case. This was every bit as awful as we have portrayed. The acting was outright horrible. Estelle Raskin & Alexander Nevsky had 2 of the main 3 roles (Zane had #3). When 66.6% of your movie couldn't act hurt if shot with live ammo, you are basically skiing uphill. Zane must have gazed upon the acting putrescence across from himself, uttered "F#$% it, it's a paycheck!" & fetched the strongest drink available on set, remaining internally pickled until well after post-production.
Honestly, the only pleasure we got from watching this was giving it the "MST3K" treatment. For instance, we are convinced Raskin is the abandoned love-child of William Shatner & Leo Tolstoy's corpse. Problem is, Shatner has charisma, ergo is entertaining. Raskin obviously got her monotone "charisma" from the corpse.
The plot sounded promising at the beginning, despite the fact that you can guess with a great deal of certainty who the killer is. But, as the movie continues, you realize that the screenplay was written by an obvious retard. This gets even worse at the end when you realize that the only remaining mystery of how the heck the killer did it, and why in such a sinister way, is never resolved. Honestly, the only reason why I tortured myself watching this utmost crap of the movie to the end was to discover HOW the killer killed his victims. And I was so furious at the end to realize that I've spent almost an hour and a half of my life in vain.
The director did even a worse job here. Such great actors already mentioned above seem like novices, totally dull and crude. The sound is awful, the ambiance is terrible and poor, and the movie seems so cheap that I still cannot comprehend why these great Hollywood names accepted their roles. Maybe they did their job well, but the final result is so bad that I started wondering if Billy Zane, Armand Assante and Robert Davy are good actors after all.
The movie is a torture for your brain, it is an insult even for an average intelligent mind. Don't bother wasting your time and money on this movie, you can only get disappointed.