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In this bold thriller peppered with dark humor and interlocking mystery, an eccentric mountain man is on the run from the authorities, surviving the winter by breaking into empty vacation homes in a remote community. Regularly calling into radio talk shows where he has acquired the nickname "Buster" to rant about the impending Inversion at the turn of the millennium, he is haunted by visions of being lost at sea, and memories of his former life as a family man.
Buster (Rami Malek) was once Jonah, a hard-working husband and father whose job as the night-shift concierge at a hotel took its toll on his psyche and, consequently, his marriage to the sensitive Marty (Kate Lyn Sheil) until a chance encounter with a conspiracy-obsessed drifter (DJ Qualls) changed the course of their lives forever. As the solitary present-day Buster drifts from house to house, eluding the local sheriff at every turn, we gradually piece together the events that fractured his life and left him alone on top of a snowy mountain, or perhaps in a small rowboat in the middle of a vast ocean or both, in this visceral mind bender that will provoke discussion long after it turns your world upside-down.
Language: English (original)>BR>Subtitles: English
"Fans of Mr. Robot won't be disappointed in the least.." --Hollywood Reporter
"Challenging and unafraid to jump between tones and genres, Buster s Mal Heart seems destined to be a cult classic..." --ScreenCrush
"This film is not for casual watching with your Twitter open on your phone. It s science fiction is a complex, thoughtful and funny, like 12 Monkeys and Primer run through a Fargo filter. " --LA Weekly
Top customer reviews
Two hours of my life wasted on red herrings and insanity with no actual story in sight. I doubt the director/writer even had a specific story line in mind; it's like she simply pasted together a bunch of disparate story arcs, then never resolved any of them. This movie was also a waste of the talent of several amazing actors, all of whom played their roles with skill and strength. They were constrained, however, by the ultimate terribleness of the story.
I added a little schematic that graphically depicts my feelings about this tripe.
The direction was extraordinary and creatively reflected the stream of consciousness perspective characteristic throughout. Conceptually and stylistically somewhat derivative, but the payoff was in how the writer/director developed it, with expert timing and scene placement. Kudos to another woman director, still minorities in the field.
This is not meant to be a story with a standard plot line. It's an interdimensional tangle of Buster's inner mysteries, which might have actually happened, or may be real only to him. But for those viewers left unsatisfied without closure, the most immediate question will be to decide which is more real: the first, or the last scene?
Five stars for an original and creative endeavor!
No he didn't kill his wife and child. Did he even have a wife and child?
No he was not stranded in a rowboat in the middle of the ocean - symbolic for? So open-ended, you choose.
Did he meet a strange independent free-psychotic person - maybe, maybe not. Most likely not.
Did he leave his job to spend his life ransacking cabins in the wilds - possibly, but possibly not.
The chase encounter seemed too dreamy to be real and then his disappearance at the the end probably means he didn't exist.
So, conclusion choose whatever you want - it's your story to make up.