The Rover

Movie Review.
9.5

The Rover

Movie Review.

By Glitch Staff  @GlitchAU

Corrie and Nate review the new film from Australian writer/director, David Michôd, The Rover. Starring Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson.

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Corrie's Afterthoughts

The Rover is a 2014 Australian dystopian crime drama film written and directed by David Michôd (Animal Kingdom, Hesher) and based on a story by Joel Edgerton (yes, that one). It is a futuristic western that takes place in the Australian outback, ten years after a global economic collapse. The film stars Guy Pearce (LA Confidential, Ravenous) and Robert Pattinson (Water for Elephants, Cosmopolis, Twilight).

OK, so it’s been a pretty average year for Australian film – I despised Wolf Creek 2 and The Babadook is good, but not great. However, with The Rover, Michôd has renewed my faith in Australian cinema. The overall tone of the film can be described as ‘Cormac McCarthyesque’ with nods to the literary masterpieces Blood Meridian, The Road, and No Country for Old Men.

Pattinson is phenomenal in his role, and like a spectacular boxing match, he goes toe-to-toe with Pearce. I will be very surprised if the two actors do not receive AFI nominations for their fantastic performances.

Look, this film will not be everyone’s cup of tea. Though, being a literature nut, it really appeals to me and I look forward to the Blu-ray release; this is a story that I will revisit and analyse, repeatedly.

Finally, The Rover is a modern-Australian masterpiece. It is truly wonderful and I consider it to be the best Australian film since The Proposition. 9/10.

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