Ruben Brandt, Collector

 

            This one uses animation and computer graphics in an entirely different way than comic book fare like “Captain Marvel.”  This is all about artistic expression, specifically, modern art, leaning heavily on the cubism from Picasso, and even some Gauguin impressionism, but also caricaturing Bottecelli's “Venus Rising from the Sea,” as well as Edward Hopper's “Nighthawks” and Andy Warhol's “Double Elvis” poster.  Some of the inferences would likely only be appreciated by the real art afficianados, but the rest of us at least recognize the homage present throughout this unusual film.

            Writer and Director Milorad Krstic takes us on a wild ride complete with many chase scenes, both in automobiles flying through crowded city streets and with old-fashioned steam locomotives.  The main character, Ruben Brandt (the voice of Ivan Kamaras), is a psychotherapist who is troubled by nightmares.  It seems he dreams of these modern paintings, but something happens that causes violence to him, and he wakes up terrified.  So he asks four of his patients, expert thieves, to steal these art works, and bring them to him.  He feels that once he owns them, he won't be frightened of them any more.  So we're off on several daring forays into museums and private collections, which our not-so-rehabilitated thieves are enjoying immensely.  Even Alfred Hitchcock makes a cameo appearance in silhouette.  It's an extremely creative romp through some highly imaginative territory, which definitely won't have universal appeal, but is decidedly different, even one-of-a-kind unique.

 

Dr. Ronald P. Salfen, DFW Film Critics Association