The rover

The rover is set in Australia 10 years after a global economic collapse. It stars Guy Pearce as Eric, who drives is sedan through the most post-apocalyptic desert you have ever seen. The sedan gets stolen by three men who have crashed their truck. They all have guns and seems to be fleeing trouble. One of them, Henry, is badly wounded. Eric manages to start the truck again, and tries to find them to get is car back. The reason why this particular car is of such importance to him only becomes clear at the end of The rover. In his search Eric finds Rey (Robert Pattinson), a young man who happens to be Henry’s brother. Like Henry, Rey is wounded as a result of a robbery gone wrong. Rey will lead Eric to the gang’s hideout. Along the way : mayhem, violence and death. Australian director David Michôd is a master at creating a foreboding atmosphere. His first feature film was the brilliant crime drama Animal kingdom. Good acting here from Pearce and Pattinson. Although Pattinson can mumble at times, he still creates a compelling character. Cinematographer Natasha Braier shows a dirty and ugly desert, but still manages to also show a beauty of epic proportion. And there is a vibrating score by composer Antony Partos assaulting our ears, and announcing bad things coming. Very bad indeed.

Rémi-Serge Gratton

 

 The rover

 

Directed by: 
David Michôd
 
Screenplay by: 
Joel Edgerton
David Michôd
 
Starring: 
Guy Pearce
Robert Pattinson
Scoot McNairy
Tawanda Manyimo
David Field
Susan Prior
 
102 min.
 
Rated 14A
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