Buster's Mal Heart

2016

Drama / Mystery / Thriller

47
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 76%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 71%
IMDb Rating 6 10 4261

Synopsis


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Cast

Rami Malek as Buster
DJ Qualls as The Last Free Man
Lin Shaye as Pauline
Bruce Bundy as Ranger Meg
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Lee Eisenberg 5 / 10

somewhere in the mind

Sarah Adina Smith's "Buster's Mal Heart" has a peculiar title and an even more peculiar plot. The main character works a dead-end job. After meeting a conspiracy theorist, he becomes a mountain man...or is he a castaway? Or both? Whatever the case, no one can stop the inversion.

This movie certainly won't be for everyone. It's one of the most complicated movies that I've ever seen. One might interpret the protagonist as less an individual person than the personification of disillusionment with the status quo. Or one might have no idea how to interpret it. It's worth seeing, but just realize that it's got to be one of the strangest movies ever made.

Reviewed by Hellmant 8 / 10

Well made, but it left things just a little too unexplained for my tastes.

'BUSTER'S MAL HEART': Four Stars (Out of Five)

An indie mystery about a mentally unstable mountain man, and former family man, who now survives by breaking into empty vacation homes, while he constantly warns others (on talk radio) about an upcoming 'Inversion' at the change of the millennium. It was written and directed by Sarah Adina Smith, and it stars Rami Malek (in his first starring film role), Toby Huss, Kate Lyn Sheil and DJ Qualls. The movie had it's world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, and it's received mostly positive reviews from critics. I found it to be bizarrely interesting, and for the most part pretty well made, but it also left things just a little too unexplained for my tastes.

The film opens with a mountain man, Buster (Malek), desperately trying to escape the authorities that are chasing him. He makes it to the top of a mountain, where the film then flashes back to his past as a family man, with a wife (Sheil) and daughter (Sukha Belle Potter). He also recollects on his time breaking into empty vacation homes, and calling into radio shows ranting about an upcoming 'Inversion' (at the turn of the millennium). Buster also has multiple visions of being lost at sea. As a viewer we have to interpret what's real, what isn't, and when and where it's all taking place.

The film is definitely bizarre and interesting, and I was always curious of where it was leading to. I think the acting is good in the film (especially Malek in the lead) and Smith is obviously a very talented filmmaker. I was just hoping for a little more from the conclusion. I don't need everything explained to me in a film, but I don't like everything to be left a question mark either. I'm sure some viewers will think they understand it, but I think most of the film is entirely left up to individual interpretation. If you like that type of movie you'll probably love it, I'm not a huge fan of the genre though.

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Reviewed by lindhardt-astrup 8 / 10

Majorly overseen!

I watched this movie not knowing what I was getting into at all. I had seen the trailer and I mainly just decided to watch it because I stumbled upon it and seeing Rami Malek as the lead made me excited.

First of all I was very intrigued by the cinematography and the minimalistic setup of the otherwise pretty complex plot. I found the balance between the 3 timelines working very well with the flow of the film. I was surprised when I had to pause at one point and realized I was already half through, feeling like I had only just started it!

It uses the same kinds of twists as seen before in works like The Matrix, Fight Club and American Psycho and Malek's performance is fairly parallel to what is seen in another of his leads, in Mr Robot. I do, however, think that these parallels work in favor of the movie.

It also comes with Biblical parallels which I found very interesting. Where I think it faulted was when it at times became a bit too obvious for me. I would have liked it to be a little more subtle with the Bible references which is mainly what docked it from a perfect score for me.

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