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Magic Magic (2013)

R  |   |  Thriller  |  28 August 2013 (France)
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A naive young tourist's road trip across Chile with friends turns into a waking nightmare.

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Alicia arrives in South America to vacation with her cousin, Sara. When Sarah is suddenly called away, Alicia is stuck on a remote island off Chile with three of Sara'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

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Rated R for language, some sexual content and nudity | See all certifications »

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Michael Cera was learning Spanish for this and other Sebastián Silva film Crystal Fairy & the Magical Cactus (2013). See more »

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Brink: The next time you want your pussy eaten out, you can just ask me! I like pussy!
Alicia: What the fuck?
Brink: Shut up! You want them to know? Really?
Alicia: What are you talking about?
Brink: Shut up! You came into my room and you rubbed your pussy in my face. Who told you to? Why did you do that?
Alicia: Get away from me! Sara!
Sara: Hey, baby!
Alicia: This freak grabbed me! He told me I rubbed my pussy in his face!
Brink: She did! She did!
Sara: Whatever! She didn't, man.
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A very dark movie
25 December 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Magic Magic is being pushed as a psychological thriller and horror ..... that is doing this movie a great injustice.

From the very start we know Alicia has an emotional problem and that Sara has an ulterior motive to back out of the trip at the last minute. Just what Alicia's emotional problem is, the viewer does not know and why Sara backs out of the trip into the country side is not made clear. What is made clear is that Alicia is very depended on Sara ---- especially in this foreign country traveling with people Alicia has never met and going to a distant area of Chile.

We do not know anything about theses peoples past so the viewer must go with what is presented to them for insight into their character. For me they came across as just young indulgent unexperienced youths. When they realize Alicia has a few problems they just ignore her issues because she will have to adjust on her own. Sara says she'll be there later and the broken line of communication among the youths will be mended. That doesn't happen.

When the group realizes, too late, that Alicia has greater problems than they are capable to handle, what do they do, they give her pills because thats how modern society treats emotional problems. The problem intensifies with Alicia having taken too many pills and is easily confused .... or is she desperate to fit in with the group? We the viewer cannot tell either, we are equally confused as Alicia. When Sara finally does arrive Alicia has already crossed the line into a state of confusion but Sara cannot see it, at first. When the problem with Alicia becomes dangerous and threatening Alicia is taken to a local witch doctor who's only remedy is the use of ancient indigenous rituals which is useless to Alicia and all involved with her.

This movie is more about the clash of ancient and modern cultural norms in treating someone with obvious medical needs. Here are a group of inexperienced youths raised in a modern world but facing a threatening and dangerous situation with only old world medical practice available to them. They find themselves caught between to conflicting worlds.


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