Friday, February 1, 2013

Sundance - Magic Magic - 3 1/2 stars

From  In remote Chile, a vacationing young woman begins to mentally unravel; meanwhile, her friends ignore her claim until it's too late.

Juno Temple plays Alicia.  She is visiting Chile to stay with her cousin, Sarah (Emily Browning) and  Sarah's friends.  As soon as she arrives, Sarah tells Alicia that she has to stay in the city until the next day.  This upsets Alicia, since it means she will be alone with Sarah's friends, who she doesn't know.  

Sarah's friends aren't exactly thrilled to have Alicia tagging along with them, and they try to be nice as much as they can.  As time goes on, the trip gets worse and worse for Alicia, especially when Brink (Michael Cera) starts developing an interest in her.

This is a very unusual movie.  It's kind of a thriller, but with no supernatural elements.  There is no killer or even a villain in the movie.  Alicia is having a harder and harder time, slowing going crazy, while Sarah's friends are putting up with this whiny annoying girl as best as they can.  

There is also a lot of humor in the movie thanks to Michael Cera.  Cera has a way of delivering a boring, straight line and making it hilarious.  I think this is my favorite Michael Cera performance since Superbad.

Going in, I had no idea where this story would take me.  And even at the hour mark, I still wasn't sure where the story would end up.  It isn't a conventional thriller and it was really a nice surprise.  I'm not even sure I would call the movie a thriller.  Maybe an unsettling drama would be a better description.  Anyway, it's awesome.

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