MAGIC HOUR SYNOPSIS:
During a hot summer in 1990, a young man, Ray, played by Trevor Morgan (The Patriot, Brotherhood, The Sixth Sense), moves into his aunt's Venice Beach home to find his direction in life. While there, he is befriended by some local criminals, a group of five brothers, played by Mark Alan, Josh Emerson (Jennifer’s Body), Kevin McNamara (Justified), Kris Lemche (Alter Egos, Final Destination 3) and newcomer Elias Brett. Ray happens to have a VHS camcorder and so the oldest brother, Stan, decides to pay him to film home videos of the boys so that they can have the memories for later in life. During this time, Ray spends a lot of quality time with the brothers and they become somewhat of a surrogate family to him. One night, while Ray is asleep on their couch, the brothers come back to the house after robbing a dive bar. However, they were followed by the bar owner’s son. A violent fight then takes place, with Ray experiencing the whole, bloody scene. Now that he has witnessed too much of the seedier side of the family’s lifestyle, Ray becomes an official part of the family, vowing to keep their secrets quiet. However, there is no happy ending here, as the bar owner, Tom Worthy, an ex-gangster himself, played by the legendary actor C. Thomas Howell (The Outsiders, The Amazing Spider-Man), seeks revenge on the brothers. The cast is rounded out by Courtney Daniels, William Russ, Danielle Lester and Adam Williams.
“Goodfellas at Venice Beach…! Cole Mueller's riveting study of a low-rent crime family on the make is startlingly and matter-of-factly realistic, with a cool mobile camera style that highlights the naturalistic performances of a memorable cast of newcomers, from whom we will certainly be hearing more in the future.”
—Joe Dante (Gremlins, The Hole)