Rami Malek made everyone take notice when Mr. Robot came out; a show that no one saw coming, but now has become one of the best new shows that have come out in the last five years. Seeing Rami Malek‘s name was all that it took for me to become interested in this film. I have not seen much buzz about this film from none of the main critics I follow, which made me even more interested in watching it, if only just to see if this film was worth talking about at all. After watching the film, the best way to describe it is with one word…
Here’s the synopsis from IMDb:
A family man’s chance encounter with a conspiracy-obsessed drifter leaves him on the run from the police and an impending event known as The Inversion.
This film was directed and written by The Midnight Swim‘s Sarah Adina Smith, and it stars the aforementioned Rami Malek as both Jonah and Buster (?) and DJ Qualls as The Last Free Man.
Let’s start with the positives. This film’s extreme ambiguity and off-beat charm makes it immensely watchable. You will never fully know what’s happening at any moment in this film, but you can’t look away from whatever is happening in the screen. Another great thing going for this film is Rami Malek. He proves that his amazing acting in Mr. Robot wasn’t a fluke, and brings an amazing performance that should not go overlooked. One more thing that shouldn’t go overlooked is its cinematography. It does an amazing job at making you feel as disoriented as Jonah/Buster.
Now onto the negatives. The thing that held me back from loving this film was the way it handled its very abstract themes. It poses a lot of grand questions and ideas, but doesn’t bring them into a satisfying conclusion, which was infuriating. Another thing I didn’t like was that I felt like I didn’t understand many basic things plot-wise. Sometimes that can work, but in this case it just left me scratching my head for the majority of the film. Also, it introduces certain things towards the third act that didn’t make sense whatsover, and I wasn’t a big fan of that.
In conclusion, Buster’s Mal Heart is a strange, strange film. It has many things going for it, primarily Rami Malek‘s amazing performance, as well as the look and feel of the film, but it also can get too strange for its own good. But ultimately, its strangeness is exactly what gives this film its allure. And although it doesn’t finish off as strongly as I hoped, it still was a film that I haven’t been able to stop thinking about since I saw it. Its non-linear structure and deep philosophical themes will make this a film you will want to discuss it as much as possible.
Final Rating – 3.5/5.