Saturday, 13 June 2015

The Rover (2014)






Guy Pearce, Robert Pattinson Scoot McNairy, Gillian Jones, David Field, Tawanda Manyimo, Anthony Hayes, Susan Prior, Nash Edgerton, Jamie Fallon, Samuel F. Lee


10 years after a global economic collapse, a cold-blooded drifter (Guy Pearce) pursues the men who stole his only possession, his car. Along the way, he captures one of the thieves' brother (Robert Pattinson), and the duo form an uneasy bond during the dangerous journey.


After the success of Animal Kingdom, David Michôd strikes again with this thrilling film. The Rover is a violent, raw film of few words, that despite its extreme slowness manages to capture the audience's attention 'till the end.

Written by Michôd himself, the harsh story is set in a post-apocalyptic desolate Australia, where the only 'rule' in force is to kill before getting killed, as indeed happens in other films/tv shows of the same genre.

For the whole time I kept wondering why Pearce's character wanted his car back so bad. It's finally shown in the final scene, which is one of the most beautiful final scenes ever as it shows that despite the lawless world the man lives in, principles are still meaningful.

The hypnotic soundtrack, the cinematography, which creates a beautiful scenery for the sense of desolation, and the way the story is told, contribute in creating a spectacular film, but not suitable for everyone.

Although it would have been nice having some background of the characters, to understand why the act the way they do, they still are very interesting, and, most of all, they are played to perfection by the two leads.
Barely changing his facial expression, Guy Pearce is very believable as the lonely determined man, who does not have feelings other than anger.
Robert Pattinson is an excellent co-star. As I used to see him in other kind of roles - wizard in Harry Potter, vampire in Twilight, and lover in other films - he has been a huge surprise. He doesn't only renounce his sex-symbol status by appearing uglier, slovenly, and with a crooked walk, but he has also done some excellent work vocally speaking.

You should never stop thinking about a life you've taken. That's the price you pay for taking it. - Eric

Not everything has to be about something. - Rey

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