Movie Review: Buster’s Mal Heart


Now available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Download is the psychological drama Buster’s Mal Heart. 

The film stars Rami Malek (Mr. Robot) and DJ Qualls. The other actors in this film are lesser known.

This is one of those films that leave you scratching your head trying to figure out what you just saw. I watch the film the other day and I’m still trying to digest it all and make sense of it.

Malek stars as Jonah and Buster (same person). Jonah is a hard working family man. He works as a concierge at a hotel. He’s stuck doing the overnight shift which means he doesn’t get to spend as much time as he wants with his wife and young daughter.

Jonah and his family currently live with his in-laws because they don’t have much money and they are saving to buy land in the mountains where they can be as self sufficient as possible. Jonah would even love to stop working all together and live off the land with his family.

Jonah seems to be stuck in his life. He hates working the overnight shift. He hates living with his in-laws. But he feels like he has no choice. This is his life… or is it?

Enter a stranger (Qualls) who shows up at the hotel one night. The stranger doesn’t give a name. He also doesn’t have any identification, credit card… nothing.

At first Jonah was put off by the stranger, especially when he started to snot cocaine in front of him. But after talking with him a bit he became intrigued by what the stranger had to say. The stranger talked about what was to become of the world in the year 2000 (the film was set in 1999). The stranger goes on and on about an impending “inversion” that will happen, and how Jonah needs to be prepared. He also talks about there being a “bug in the system” and other crazy conspiracies.

During this time viewers get to learn about Jonah and his life, we also see Jonah as Buster. Buster is a “wild man” who lives in the mountains. He takes refuge in vacant vacation homes. He survive by raiding the homes for whatever food he can find and taking full advantage of comfortable beds, exercise equipment and huge soaking tubs.

Buster is wanted by the law so he is always on the run.

Whenever he can Buster calls into radio stations and rants about the pending inversion.

We also get to see Jonah as a no-named character adrift on a boat by himself in the middle of the ocean, surviving only on frogs (how he got frogs out of the ocean I’ll never know).

The question remains, who is the real character? We know Buster is really Jonah, or is he really the person on the boat? Is this all some part of a psychotic meltdown or is Jonah having one heck of a trippy dream? To find out you need to get a copy of Buster’s Mal Heart. Look for it where ever movies are sold.

You can also learn more about the film at the official website, BustersMalHeart.com.

Trippy… this film is totally trippy. I was totally lost with how the film jump around between Jonah’s personas.

I think many people can relate to Jonah. How many people don’t feel like they are trapped on a “hamster wheel” just going through the same motions every day – wake up, go to work, pay bills, go to bed, wake up and start it all over again. Toss in added stresses like a job you don’t like and meddling in-laws and you have all the ingredients for a nervous breakdown.

Malek was the PERFECT actor to play this role. He has those great big eyes that express the fear and panic in his situation. The blank stares he gave sent chills up my spine.

There is a lot of beautiful scenery in this film and the excellent cinematography. The film makers would often focus on the most unusual things to help emphasize Jonah’s situation.

I have to admit that I am still very confused about the film. Like I said it bounced around a lot. Just when I thought I “got it,” something would happen to leave me scratching my head all over again.

I enjoyed the film. It kept my interest (because I was hoping to figure it all out by the end). My husband was not a fan of it, but to each his own.

Here is the film’s trailer for your enjoyment.



*I received a free screener copy to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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Kimberly Vetrano resides in the suburbs of New York City with her family and "mini zoo" consisting of five cats, a dog and a Goldfish. Kimberly is a teacher's assistant for a Kindergarten class. When she is not working or blogging, Kimberly enjoys taking photos of nature and hanging out with family and friends.