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3.4
808 Ratings

The Rover

Directed by David Michôd
Australia, 2014
Drama, Crime

Synopsis

Ten years after a severe economic collapse in the western world, lawlessness reigns and life is cheap. Eric is a lone drifter, and his car is his only possession. When a gang steals it, Eric comes across the injured Rey, left behind by the car thieves. The pair form an unlikely and uneasy alliance.

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The Rover Directed by David Michôd

Awards & Festivals

Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards

2015 | 5 nominations including: Best Actor - Supporting Role

AACTA International Awards

2015 | 2 wins including: Best Supporting Actress

2015 | 5 nominations including: Best Supporting Actor

It’s a slow-burner that seethes with anger and Michôd does everything he can to deglamourise the outpourings of splenetic violence. It’s rare that the camera captures death in grisly close-up, or accentuates acts of murder with editing or sound design.
August 13, 2014
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What elevates The Rover above these B movies are the wonderful cinematography by talented newcomer Natasha Braier and the assured, measured way Michôd depicts his future world.
July 18, 2014
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Michôd’s worldview verges on fashionable pessimism, which is another way of saying that his ostensible character studies play like excuses to indulge in matter-of-fact violence. Unexpected shots to the head punctuate The Rover like a teenager snapping her bubblegum, and they soon become monotonous.
June 18, 2014
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What are people saying?

  • Güattarii's rating of the film The Rover

    El amor a la memoria es la coartada para una escenificación de un país en receso económico. Una película que no falla en un doble juego de indiferencia casi fatal hacia el ser humano y el amor a lo que uno mismo fue y se convierte en algo adaptado a la hostilidad de la sobrevivencia en un desierto lleno de vagos y soldados alienados. Muy bonito el final, o triste (?).

  • Christopher Taylor's rating of the film The Rover

    Space and silence are used excellently in this post apocalyptic existential piece about a man relentless to get back his stolen car. It introduces an excellent dynamic between a man with nothing and a man akin to a lost puppy, and that dynamic beautifully and simply draws us in to the eventual resolution of the film's main conflict.

  • Giles J Davis's rating of the film The Rover

    If Under The Skin represents man's carnal downfall, then The Rover represents man's materialistic downfall. Like a precursor to The Road, The Rover lets the scales fall from your eyes in what very much could happen to Western civilisation in the coming future. Phenomenally atmospheric, incredible sound and score (with surprise numbers from Tortoise) and beautifully shot. . Highly recommended.

  • MATTEO BITTANTI's rating of the film The Rover

    Possibly set in the same fictional universe as The Road - with Guy Pierce as the fil rouge between the two films. Don't be fooled: the post-apocalytpic theme ("Ten Years After The Collapse") is a mere decoy. The Rover is a neo-western imbued with road movie motifs. Above all, it is a pleasant surprise.

  • Zachary T.'s rating of the film The Rover

    The grimness the battered landscapes and Guy Pearce's flaming eyes communicate comes as no surprise -- but the candid moments of affecting, offbeat humor do. "The Rover" is ultimately a very human film, and not exactly the distant, cold examination of violence I expected it to be. It actually earns its darkness, through intimacy and compassion for its characters.

  • J. O.'s rating of the film The Rover

    As expected, Michôd delivers a searing portrait of our world in a bleak and possible future. We follow men without purpose; one guns down stranger after stranger on a blood-soaked path of vengeance, while is in tow. The pace is slow and meditative, the performances were brooding and restrained, the cinematography is scorched, and the soundtrack is haunting. An unforgiving mood piece about life after the end of life.

  • Palmat's rating of the film The Rover

    This movie really fondled many of my cinematic sweet spots. Slow burn narrative with great dialogue - check! Guy Pearce - check! Post apocalyptic setting - check! Awesome soundtrack and score - check! Great photo and settings - check! Haunted anti-hero - check! Brutal and unforgiving violence - check! Moody and doomy tone - check! Neo-noir/western vibes - check! "This-is-not-going-to-end-well-feeling" - check!

  • Filipe F. Coutinho's rating of the film The Rover

    This is insufficient nihilistic cinema that falls short on ideas and script development. It becomes impossible to ignore the astonishing amount of incongruities throughout the narrative. Robert Pattinson, however, proves yet again how good of a performer he can be.

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