Director: David Michod
Starring: Guy Pearce, Robert Pattinson, Scoot McNairy
In a dangerous near-future in the Australian desert, Eric (Guy Pearce) has left everything behind, but when his last possession is stolen by a gang of dangerous criminals, Eric sets off on a hunt to find them. Along the journey, he enlists the help of Rey (Robert Pattinson), a naïve and injured member of the gang, who was left behind. Hopes are high for this new film that is directed by David Michôd, whose first feature Animal Kingdom (2010) was a powerhouse gangland thriller set in Melbourne. Michôd developed the script with actor Joel Edgerton who may well have expected to get one of the lead roles — perhaps the one that has gone to Robert Pattinson, whose character Rey is from the American South, with some slightly hillbilly acting. Cannes critics liked the script that twists and turns as it brings Pearce together with Robert Pattinson’s poor, ignorant, incompetent young robber… Though the dusty, empty landscape and cruel, humorless personalities populating its small ensemble immediately called to mind “Mad Max” and the prevalent despair suggested that pages have been borrowed from Cormac McCarthy’s “The Road“. Still Michôd creates a good deal of ambient menace in The Rover along with the simmering presence of Pearce, with an exhaustive heat despair mood.
DID YOU KNOW? It is the second collaboration between director David Michôd and actor Guy Pearce after Animal Kingdom, as Michôd wrote the character of Eric for Pearce