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Ruben Brandt, Collector is flawed from a storytelling standpoint, but the eye-catching animation is more than enough to make this offbeat thriller well worth watching.
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A satisfying heist movie, animated or live-action, requires more selectivity and less clutter than this one. The movie dashes by door after door, but it lacks the key.
If you love art, "Ruben Brandt, Collector" is a non-stop visual fest, from the first frame till the last.
Writer-director Milorad Krstic pads out what probably should have been a fascinating animated short - about an art therapist who is himself tormented by nightmares featuring characters from famous paintings - with drawn-out bits of ludicrous action.
This is Krstic's first feature and it's obvious that he has visual flair to spare. If he can only find a story worthy of it, he'd have a real work of film art.
Ruben's story may be as oddly illogical as any of his nightmares, but the animation here is a dreamy delight.
Something this larky should be swifter and more compact; instead, "Ruben Brandt, Collector" feels like a sneakily pretentious pastiche, and not much else.
It's a post-modern heist film, full of references and short of surprises.
There's a tremendous amount of skill here, but how enjoyable it is depends at least partly on how willing you are to suspend your sense of artistic democracy, shall we say.
The first half is entertaining, though at times the storyline can feel mushed together. But when the plot really locks in, Ruben Brandt becomes a surprisingly compelling film.
Art nerds will get the most out of "Ruben Brandt, Collector," an adults-only animated thriller from Hungary whose visual imagination far outpaces its lackluster plot.
Writer/director Milorad Krstic has combined his love for painting and film into an action thriller as surreal as it is familiar.
Though steeped in a deep knowledge of art history, and brimming with visual references to the so-called masters, Milorad Krstic's animated heist movie is undeniably 'arty,' but it doesn't feel like 'art.'
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