From the director of Animal Kingdom David Michôd we have The Rover starring Robert Pattinson and Guy Pearce. The film, set in the Australian Outback, 10 years after a global economic collapse follows two men from different backgrounds as they battle to survive.
The acting was superb and the screenplay completed it beautifully with long pauses allowing us to stare down the character and take it all in. It was raw and at times unexpected, you could see the feelings and you had time to process them. The Rover was very moving. I loved Pattinson and this was one of the best films I have seen him in, he has truly grown as an actor. Guy Pearce was also outstanding, with such sincerity in his face. With the story itself I did feel a little let down and I left the cinema frustrated with the ending, but I think that could have been part of the point, a message per say. If you are a fan of Animal Kingdom then you will love The Rover. Michôd and his cowriter Joel Edgerton also from Animal Kingdom have shaped the story to be powerful and leave you thinking.
The soundtrack in The Rover was also very moving and very on point with Michôd’s predecessor Animal Kingdom. Antony Partos is responsible for the The Rover’s score and kept it authentic to the setting, the Australian outback whilst keeping us on the edge of our seats. I especially loved the juxtaposition of Pretty Girl Rock by Keri Hilson – The song was so out-of-place but yet perfect at the same time. It was an odd transition as I waited for something to happen.
This movie is not for the fainthearted. In The Rover you see death and nothing is avoided. It is brutal and in your face and it works. This film is rich with emotion and these thoughts and feelings linger around for days. This film has some serious impact.
The Rover officially hits New Zealand cinemas Thursday the 28th August.