With the release of The Rover in the UK tomorrow (Friday 15 August 2014), I thought I’d bring together some of the reviews out of the UK
NME: “…compelling tale driven by the magnetic Pearce.” 8/10
ScreenRelish: “Michod’s deliberate pace slowly sets in your bones, and you’ll long remember the two lead performances.”
The Establishing Shot: “Being able to transport your audience to another world with enough credible hooks into our own is a hallmark of a great cinematic experience”.
Comicbuzz: “The violence of the film wakes you up from your sleepy expectations and is handled so well that you are on edge for the running time”
DigitalSpy: “There is, by design, an overwhelming sense of futility in The Rover: its narrative is meandering and its climax is both bleak and inevitable. But it’s an evocative journey, lean and pitiless and occasionally gut-wrenching.”
Dazed: “Michôd has swapped the sprawling style of his urban debut for a leaner, meaner, pared-to-the-bone narrative pitted with violence, moments of elemental beauty, and a performance by Pattinson that puts the ghost of Twilight to rest.”
LittleWhiteLies: “David Michôd emerges from the lion’s den and leaps directly into the furnace for his brilliant second feature.”
Metro: “It’s a bleak vision of a lawless society: something we’ve seen before, of course, but Michôd gives it a fresh spin with plenty of food for thought about society, humanity and the consequences of desperation.”
Wharf.co.uk: “David Michod (behind 2011’s visionary Animal Kingdom) finds buildings that are rich in jumble sale chic and cooked in a furnace that is unbearable, even on this side of the silver screen.”
DailyStar: ” David Michôd crafts somev memorable scenes but this is mainly about atmosphere. It’s brutal, bleak and relentlessly grim.”
ListFilm: “Michôd’s second film stands out due to its striking cinematography, storming performances, and mysterious and suspenseful ambience.”
I’ll add to this as I come across more reviews.