Here's what he had to say:
This dark, perhaps demented little diamond in the rough hails from down under and is indeed a delicacy among the mostly Netflix detritus. As the title suggests it's the story of a depressed young man who is desperately seeking suicide and pays a local hitman to complete the job. Percival
( Leon Cain) despite several attempts has failed miserably and continues to survive. Steven Ray (Steve Mouzakis) whose tragic back story being the impetus for his pernicious and pecuniary preoccupation with murder is equally unproductive in his initial attempts on Percy's life. The two, assassin and intended victim form a baleful bond that propels them through the narrative. A great character study that, in the end, comes full circle in a fateful climax. A couple of lines from the film are worth noting.
"...your point of view is a bit Norma Desmond". -Steve to Percy
" This isn't "Make a Wish Foundation"...I kill People". -Steve to Percy
Another "catch it if you can" film worthy of any noir fan's 1:38.
Here are some other opinions:
"The darkly comic pleasure of “The Suicide Theory” is the bond that forms between predator and prey, as Steven develops a genuine liking for the sweet, undemanding guy who just wants to die already."--Justin Chang, VARIETY (he now writes for the L.A. Times)
"The Suicide Theory doesn't fully succeed in making its absurd premise convincing, and the frequent flashbacks and lengthy dialogue scenes drag down its pacing. The budgetary limitations cause further shortcomings, especially with the spotty make-up effects. But the film remains engrossing nonetheless, with director Brown, shooting in gritty Brisbane locations, providing a suitably ominous atmosphere. And the performances are terrific, with Cain poignantly moving as the hapless would-be victim and Mouzakis conveying a world-weary desperation as the ruthless killer who unexpectedly manages to engage our sympathy." --Frank Scheck, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
"The Suicide Theory is as dark as the title suggests, but beyond that, this film is well calculated and very deep. Whilst it does suffer from a weak story at times and odd pacing, The Suicide Theory revives itself with it's original, fresh take on the hit-man genre. Whilst I wouldn't call this film an action film, it defiantly borders psychological thriller cross drama, giving you more questions than answers about mortality and the meaning of life." --IMDB reviewer Michael Radny
It sounds as though it's a perfectly "respectable" down-in-the-mouth, mordant post-neo noir with an agreeable amount of cheekily inverted existential meta-irony. Of course, our generation had the "Thanatos Palace Hotel" the flop-sweat paranoia of Cornetll Woolrich, and the psychotic rictus of Jim Thompson, and the real life is kinkier than fiction "action figure" of Albert Dekker, so this may only get you halfway to "noirvana." Overall, the critics thought so (a 51 Metacritic score), but I'll give ol' Jefty the benefit of the double despite the fact that he abandoned us for such a flimsy set of reasons.