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“Ruben Brandt” an Art Heist Thriller




Review by John Delia

If you are a big fan of the Disney Animation including PIXAR, then you are like most people who enjoy their animation looking real. Well not all good animation has to be 3D and still be considered enjoyable to watch, especially if the story peaks your interest. Take the case of Rubin Brandt, Collector, an animated 2D movie that targets an adult crowd that likes suspense, heist capers, hit men, thieves, chase scenes and so on. You know, an action thriller that will knock your socks off. Rubin Brandt, Collector is absolutely remarkable.

This film also emulates the title of classic and modern art drawn to represent the Master Artists that the Collector wants in his possession. However, everyone and nearly everything is from the imagination of an impressionist/abstract animator. For Example; if Picasso wanted to animate an action movie, this is what he would come up with.

Mimi in Ruben Brandt LLC Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics

We are introduced to Ruben Brandt while he’s riding in a fast moving train. He’s reading a book called Deep Sleep and he nods off and then awakens seeing a woman outside holding on to the window of his coach. When Ruben tries to grab her to safety she bites his arm and tries to pull him out of the window. Minutes later he’s inside of his first class cabin and cannot believe the nightmare he just experienced. Flash forward and he has reached his destination, Paris, France.

At the Louvre Museum there’s been a robbery of the famous Cleopatra Fan by Mimi, a woman in black, who has fled in a red car. She is having trouble in her escape as detective Mike Kowalski (Csaba Márton) is chasing her down. Director, writer and designer Milorad Krstic makes his story so wacked that you will be hard pressed to look away. It’s both a compelling heist film and a visual nightmare as his roller coaster ride rarely stops as he tries to trip up his audience to the very last scene of the movie.

Mimi and Ruben in Ruben Brandt LLC Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics

The cat and mouse film has all the elements of a good thriller; characters in peril, hitmen chasing down their quarry, stealing paintings that because of their popularity can’t even be sold on the black market and most of all chase sequences that rival Fast and Furious. I liked the film very much, especially as a change of pace from what has become the ordinary. It may also be the throwback to my college days when I took Art History and was fascinated with the Masters ability to create “photographs” about the 1500’s through 1800’s Europe. The film includes paintings by Gauguin, Picasso, Monet, Andy Warhol, Botticelli, and more all abstract animated.

Marina in Ruben Brandt LLC Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics

Ruben Brandt, Collector has been rated R by the MPAA for nude images and some violence. The violence includes a lot of bullets being fired and many victims and the nudity is incorporated in the art and some of the characters in the plot.

FINAL ANALAYSIS: A very good film that’s exciting to watch. (4 out of 5 Stars)

Additional Film Information:
Cast: Ivan Kamaras, Gabriella Hamori, Csaba Marton, Katalin Dombi, Matt Devere, Harry Grant, Christian Nelson Buckhold
Directed, designed and written by: Milorad Krstic
Animation Director: Milorad Krstic and Marcell Laszlo
Genre: Animation, Film Noir, Thriller, Fantasy
MPAA Rating: R for nude images and some violence
Running Time: 1 hr. 36 min.
Opening Date: March 15, 2019
Distributed by: Sony Pictures Classics
Released in: Standard

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