Buster's Mal Heart


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Buster's Mal Heart
Release Date:
28th April 2017
96 min
MPAA Rating:
Sarah Adina Smith
Sarah Adina Smith
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SPOILER: The film follows a mountain man on the run from authorities who survives the winter by breaking into empty vacation homes. He's haunted by a recurring dream of being lost at sea only to discover that the dream is real: He is one man in two bodies.


Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 50%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience 0%
IMDb Rating 7.2


DJ Qualls as Brown
Kate Lyn Sheil as Marty
Lin Shaye as Pauline
Rami Malek as Buster
Toby Huss as Deputy Winston

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by dokrauss 29th March, 2017

Reality, what a concept.

This is a movie so good it could easily have gone another 45 minutes to an hour of its rather short hour-and-a-half and suffer absolutely no ill effects. It was vignette after vignette of three distinct story lines, two of which may, or may not, be the result of the real story line, which may, or may not, be the real story at all. I'm not going to say much more than that, but this movie will blow you away.

Reviewed by raven-64-833785 7th October, 2016

Thriller with Depth and Independent Charm

Buster is a man walking on the edge of a knife. On the run from the law in the Montana wilderness and fueled by drugs and crackpot theories, Buster breaks into cabins and rants about "the coming inversion" and when things will be turned upside down. He is the "last free man." In flashbacks we piece together events of Buster's shattered life and see glimpses of the person he once was. As a family man named Jonah, he worked hard, went to church, suffered verbally abusive in-laws and co-workers, and followed all the rules. During the night shift at a small town hotel, Jonah encounters a dangerous drifter who has a devastating impact on his life. It begins his transition to Buster. Who Buster really is and who he will turn out to be, is a matter of immense consequence to those Buster has brought into his life. It is a cosmic mistake that he got this far. The film is a cerebral thriller. Part of the vanguard series at the Toronto International Film Festival, an integration of film and art that I love, the film has tremendous depth and independent charm. It includes amazing quotes, immense wit and creativity, Biblical allusions including a nod to the story of Jonah and the whale, and a dreamy puzzle of a plot. It is set mostly in Western Montana and the surreal forests of Western larch and firs. While I loved the plot, storyline and setting, it is a little disjointed and could definitely benefit from a larger budget and the filmmakers getting more experience under their belts. I work for the National Park Service and noticed the characters wearing our uniform askew, but I doubt anyone else will notice or care about the same. A film sound/audio company in the credits should get a prize for their name; Eargasm. LOL! World premiere seen at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival.

Reviewed by b_bluesky 11th September, 2016

Creepy, Funny, Sad, Disturbing, Beautiful and Depressive

Although this is a complete departure from Rami's Mr. Robot role, there were still some common themes shared by both projects (especially with respect to mind games). It was hard to see him so dejected and beaten by his circumstances. What a a masterclass performance! The best performances were Rami (he carried the entire pic) and DJ Qualls provided superb support. CANNOT wait to see what's next for Rami! A shoutout to the cinematographer is also mandatory in the review of this film. The cinematography was breathtaking and crisp. Loved, loved, loved it!