The Rover directed by David Michôd
10 years after a global economic collapse, a hardened loner pursues the men who stole his only possession, his car. Along the way, he captures one of the thieves’ brother, and the duo form an uneasy bond during the dangerous journey.
This is one of those movies that critics just absolutely eat up.
The Rover has a prestigious cast, great cinematography,
and a story that leaves you thinking.
That’s why I had a problem with this film. NOTHING was explained! From the beginning you get dropped right in the action and are forced to try and connect the dots, the only problem being that there aren’t enough dots to connect. I can understand where Michôd was trying to go with this film wanting to leave the reasoning up to the viewer but there was a chunk of plot missing that would have allowed us to reason through the actions of the characters. Normally I’m absolutely okay with open-ended films. In fact, I love movies that can be interpreted in a variety of ways but The Rover felt like the beginning of an idea that wasn’t fully developed.
However! Though the actions of the characters weren’t always explainable, the actors themselves playing the characters were phenomenal.
I always have to grit my teeth whenever people say that actors have no talent. Though in some cases it is true that the actors in films cannot convey convincing emotions, in most cases it’s not. If an actor takes their role seriously there is SO much preparation that goes into playing a character, especially one outside of their normal realm.
The actors in The Rover are a great example of the intensity that can come with acting.
I’ve been on the Guy Pearce bandwagon ever since I saw Momento. So there was no surprise that Guy did a great job in this film.
Robert Pattinson, however, really surprised me most. He’s dropped his sparkling skin and the title of “Teenage Heart-Throb” and entered the gritty apocalypse genre. Pattinson in this film plays a helpless man who seems quite slow in the head and the only way you’re able to understand this character is through the mannerisms that Pattinson portrays since he has very little dialogue.
Before watching the Rover, if you had mentioned Robert Pattinson I would have scoffed and called him a glittering man-child. In fact, that is exactly what I said when my friend recommended this movie but I decided to give him the benefit of the doubt and I was definitely not disappointed.
The only reason I give this film 3 stars is because of the acting and the tone throughout. Without them, the story alone would have landed only 2 stars.
Now I know you’re wondering whether or not it’s worth it to even watch this film and to that I say a resounding YES.
If you’ve seen and liked movies such as The Road or The Book of Eli, then I believe you’ll enjoy The Rover. The dramatic apocalyptic films like these are more of an acquired taste that I just don’t have yet. So I guess what I’m trying to say is that you shouldn’t take my word for it, if the blurb sounds interesting give The Rover a try and then maybe comment what you thought below!
I hope everyone is having a tremendous Saturday and I’ll be back Monday!