By: Matthew Sheehan
Originally posted: 07/31/2014
Synopsis: Set in a world 10 years into the general collapse of society, "The Rover" follows hardened loner Eric (Guy Pearce) as he travels the desolate towns and roads of the outback. When a gang of thieves steals his car, they leave behind a wounded Rey (Robert Pattinson). Forcing Rey to help track the gang, Eric will go to any lengths to take back the one thing that still matters to him.
Review: On the surface, "The Rover" kept reminding me of "The Big Lebowski": All the rover wanted was his car back. But that generalization is a bit vain. "The Rover" is much deeper than a guy obsessively going after his lone possession in a desolate time in the future not too far from our current times. It's clinging to the past, one of normalcy and a sense of purpose--life. Pearce has always been an interesting actor of such purpose, giving life to characters of distinct meaning and righteousness. He brings an special intensity to "The Rover," one that he cares for as it portrays his native Australia. Pattinson, too, is a boiling pot of ferocious ability. Anyone thinking he is stuck in that "Twilight" pit is sorely mistaken. He's a true actor, brave and experimental. He doesn't shy away from works that could alienate or downright confuse his "Twilight" simpletons that only see shine, sparkle and gloss. Look past the facade and one can find Pattinson is an actor of extraordinary ability. The scenes he shares with Pearce are brimming with spectacular brooding and passion. In some ways, "The Rover" is a buddy movie or a traveling picture. The story, derived from actor Joel Edgerton , is one of extraordinary circumstances. The final script isn't perfect, but director David Michôd is able to utilize the openness of a dystopian future to bring a social statement and cautionary tale, thanks to a pair of superbly talented actors.
3 out of 4 stars
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