First I’ll apologize for not having any reviews for quite some time now. It has been a crazy time in my life and things have finally settled down to the point where I’ll be sure to make time to write reviews. I’ll make a post soon about all the summer movies that have come out and give my thoughts about them. Now remember, I don’t give away any spoilers or plot details except for the overall synopsis of the story. Enjoy my review of The Rover.
It has been 10 years after a global economic collapse and times are tough for all. After one man has the only possession stolen from him, he does whatever it takes to get it back. He runs into one of the thieves brother and they go on a hunt to get his car back.
The Rover stars Guy Pierce (Iron Man 3, Memento) as the lonely gentleman and Robert Pattinson (Twilight Saga) is taken hostage as they track down the car and find his brother. Pierce is an actor of many talents and its rare to get the same performance from him twice. His character was mysterious, nameless and a man of few words but is a deadly force not to be tempered. I found it odd that he went such great lengths to get his car back but I realized that he lives in a world where he doesn’t have anything else left. Pattinson has never impressed me with any of his films but that streak has come to an end. He plays a half-wit whose life was in the hands of Pierce’s character. It was refreshing to see him break out of his shell and show me his true acting chops. He gave his character both strength and weakness in the best of ways which gives the audience a chance to feel what goes through his dim-witted mind. If it wasn’t for Pierce’s and Pattinson’s performance, I may not have liked the film as much
The Rover was shot on location in Australia and showed a side of it most people don’t see. When people think of Australia, their thoughts are of Sydney, sandy beaches and The Great Barrier Reef. They forget it’s a huge continent with a lot of desert. And that’s what you see in The Rover, plenty of desert landscapes and mountains. Director, David Michod (Animal Kingdom, writer of Hesher) does a great job of immersing the audience into this world where everything seems so desolate. He set up a unique car crash sequence that I loved and found to be quite hilarious at the same time. Not really sure if he meant it to be that way though. As for his direction of the entire film, I thought it was wonderful and I need to check out his previous film Animal Kingdom. I can’t wait to see more from him.
When the credits rolled, I was unsure how I felt about it but the more time I had to think, I was able to understand the characters and their motivations. It seems like The Rover was a character study on the mysterious man and his half-wit companion. There were some things that didn’t make sense but it’s possible that just how the world they live in works. Either way, the story was pretty good and I loved the characters.
I thought The Rover should be the first film I review on my return. It’s a little known movie that is playing in limited release and if you ever get a chance to see it, I would recommend it. It’s tough to know whether you would enjoy the story or not but Pierce and Pattinson achieve one of their best performances which are definitely worth seeing.
3.5/5 - A Strong Effort