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The Suicide Theory (2014)

R | | Drama | 10 July 2015 (USA)
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A suicidal man hires a demented killer to assist him in suicide, but for some reason, miraculously survives each attempt on his life.

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Dru Brown
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Credited cast:
Steve Mouzakis ... Steven Ray
Leon Cain ... Percival
Joss McWilliam Joss McWilliam ... Thomas
Matthew Scully ... Brad
Todd Levi ... Doctor
Nicholas Cooper ... Todd (as Nicholas G. Cooper)
Warwick Comber ... Paul
Erin Connor ... Jessica
Chris Bartholomew ... Police Officer 1
Ron Kelly ... Police Chief
Christian McCarty ... Thug / Bartender
Darrell Plumridge Darrell Plumridge ... Taxi Driver 2
Mirko Grillini Mirko Grillini ... Frank Dubios
Zoe de Plevitz Zoe de Plevitz ... Annie
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Trudy Allen Trudy Allen ... Funeral mourner / Bar Patron
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STEVEN RAY was never quite normal. But when the love of his life ANNIE is killed in a hit-and-run incident at a city cross walk, his violent and bizarre behavior becomes uncontrollable. One night, as Steven plots his next murder, a body drops from the sky and lands on his cab. Enter PERCIVAL, who's unsuccessful attempt at jumping off a building not only interferes with Steven's plans, but the chance encounter also introduces the two into each other's sad and lonely lives. Percival believes he's cursed after miraculously surviving each suicide attempt and concludes fate brought he and Steven together. So he hires Steven to assist him in suicide. Steven does not believe in fate and thinks Percival is desperate and delusional. But he accepts the offer. Easy money. After Percival continues to miraculously survive each attempt on his life, Steven starts to believe. He tries to help Percival figure out ways to break the curse. And in the process, they form an unlikely friendship through the... Written by Seven8 Media

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Rated R for strong violence, language and some sexual content. | See all certifications »

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Voted #5 on The Guardian's: 10 Best Aussie Films of 2015. See more »

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After Percival is attacked by Brad and the other gay-bashing thugs, Steven says to him "Five against one. It just doesn't seem fair." There were only four thugs, as is later confirmed when Steven kills the other three and leaves Brad alive but emasculated. See more »

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Interesting premise, well executed
23 September 2015 | by mgriotSee all my reviews

I watched this film knowing nothing about the plot, and the premise got me immediately hooked. A killer gets hired by suicidal man to kill him, as he has a "theory" that he cannot die, and will only be able to die once he does not want to die. The killer man job is to figure out how to kill this man, i.e., how to make him not want to die and then kill him. The killer tries to kill him a couple of times, not believing the theory, but fails, until the hard evidence makes him start to consider the theory.

Once the premise is established, we get to know little by little the background of both protagonists, and discover how they are somehow connected, and poses the questions is everything happening for a reason? Or is it us that we give reason to the inevitable coincidences that occur in our lives? This is done not subtly at all, but it's a good question to be asked.

In the end, we reach a resolution though a series of events that are connected for a reason, or in the other interpretation, through a series of coincidences too strong not to think they were meant to happen.

My only minor criticism is that the "twists" are very predictable, but this is minor, since possibly the intention was not to give a shocking twists, but to show how a series of unlikely connections makes us wander if they are happening for a reason, the main question of the movie.

Quite interesting though not spectacular film, it did leave me thinking a bit, and I enjoyed my time through the darkness of the tone, the character development, and the questions thrown unanswered by the movie.


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10 July 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Теория самоубийства See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$5,229, 12 July 2015

Gross USA:

$6,434

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,434
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