Famous psychotherapist, Ruben Brandt, is plagued by terrible nightmares. To make the dreams stop Ruben is compelled to steal 13 paintings from the world’s most renowned museums. Soon, accompanied by four of his own patients, he and his crew of thieves strike regularly and with great success: the Louvre, Tate, Uffizi, Hermitage, MoMA and more! Named by the press, ‘The Collector,’ he quickly becomes the most wanted criminal in the world. Gangsters and head-hunters chase him around the world while the reward for his capture keeps rising,
What We Thought:
Before I popped in Ruben Brandt, Collector I thought it was a documentary about an artist or artwork or something like that. I certainly wasn’t expecting an adult animated art-heist crime drama. That’s exactly what the film is, an animated movie about art heists along with violence and nudity.
The movie has its pros and cons. I liked the story. It takes a plot you’d see in Oceans 11 and combines that with a psychotherapist dealing with crazy night terrors. He dreams he’s being attacked by famous works of art so he decides to steal them and hires people to do so. The story itself works pretty well. I also loved the music of the film. From older songs to Radiohead’s Creep, it has a fantastic soundtrack.
I didn’t love the animation though. Well let me be more specific. I liked the coloring, shading and overall look of the movie. The animation is fast and flows really well for a heist flick. My issue is the look of the characters. I understand the movie is about art and the night terrors should look like dreams, but why did the characters look like art? Eyes were in different parts of their faces. Some had multiple faces or misshaped bodies. That took me out of the film a bit which is a shame because again, I liked the story.
Ruben Brandt, Collector is something different so it gets a lot of credit for being different. I like the idea of it a lot, but something about the way characters were drawn bothered me. I understand what it’s going for, but it just didn’t sit right with me. But if you want something different with a cool story and you grew up on films like Heavy Metal or even Pink Floyd – The Wall then this is for you.
RUBEN BRANDT, COLLECTOR is written by Milorad Krstic and Radmila Roczkov and directed by Milorad Krstic. The film is produced Milorad Krstic, Janos Kurdy-Feher, Péter Miskolczi, Hermina Roczkov and Radmila Roczkov. RUBEN BRANDT, COLLECTOR is financed by the Hungarian National Film Fund and is a Ruben Brandt LLC Production.