Buster’s Mal Heart (2016) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Sarah Adina Smith
Starring: Rami Malek, DJ Qualls, Kate Lyn Sheil
Rated: UR/Region A/1:85/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Available from Well GO USA
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 and constantly has flashbacks of his former life of a family man.
When did we hit the trend of independent films having to be slow, brooding, and drawn out to the point that it sucks the fun right out of something? That’s the case with a good number of independent films these days and that is again sadly the case with Buster’s Mal Heart. The movie starts off very nicely with the cops on the trail of one of our leads (Rami Malek), but soon dives down into a pit of slow plot moments, unenthusiastic performances, and just a whole slew of things you probably shouldn’t be doing in indie films these days if you want to keep the audience happy and content from start to finish in your movie. Even at times when this one dries to insert some at times dark and dry humor it just doesn’t seem to work and that is a real shame. You’d think a cast like this might have been able to make it all word, but that sadly is not the case.
I’m usually a fan of such fine actors as DJ Qualls (Hey, the New Guy was underrated right?) and Rami Malek, who I feel helped push the video game Until Dawn into an area where it wasn’t just a game but an honest to goodness great story. That sort of charisma and performances aren’t here in this movie. The story might have been able to hold a little more water with a little more sizzle on top of the steak, but this steak is tough and lifeless. It sort of feels like it has been left out too long and that’s what you feel like when you sitdown and watch Buster’s Mal Heart. It had potential but that potential was sadly wasted.
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Quality of Transfer: 97%