I love the opening line “The futuristic mind-messer “The Rover” cements director-writer David Michôd’s reputation as one of our most daring new filmmakers.” I have included an excerpt from the review below & you can read the full review at San Jose Mercury News:
The futuristic mind-messer “The Rover” cements director-writer David Michôd’s reputation as one of our most daring new filmmakers.
The celebrated Australian’s follow-up to “Animal Kingdom,” his brilliant and shocking 2010 gangster family drama, is meaty, ambitious — and pitch-black bleak. While it won’t blow you out of your seat with the velocity that “Kingdom” did, it’s hard to shrug off even days afterward.
Michôd sets his ambitious post-apocalyptic tale in a dust-choked Australia that has dramatically deteriorated 10 years into an international economic collapse. Most survivors have regressed into a Wild West-kind of existence, hording guns as they try to protect the scant property they can claim as their own. An overall moral rot festers even in a character with the cuddly name of Grandma who, like others, is trying to stay atop the food chain.
Along with their guns, characters are armed with horrifying back stories that Michôd reveals methodically, keeping the audience uncertain about who is good and who is bad. In such desperate times, heroes and goodness don’t seem to exist anymore, although decency does appear at one point in the form of a helpful doctor (Susan Prior).
Against the backdrop of this film’s purposefully elusive narrative, the actors playing the two main protagonists, Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson, inhabit their roles with unwavering conviction.