The Rover is a new drama movie set to hit theaters on June 20th. When a cold-blooded drifter gets his car stolen, he hunts down the thief, picking up an unwilling accomplice on the way. The film is directed by David Michôd, and stars Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson.
The film takes place in dystopian future Australia, ten years after a global economic crash. When an ex-solider named Eric, played by Guy Pearce, gets the last of his belongings stolen by a ruthless gang, he plots revenge. He travels through the harsh desert climate with a blood thirst. Along his way he encounters a wounded ex-member of the gang, who was left behind. The young mans name is Rey, and is played by Robert Pattinson. As the trip progresses on, Eric messes with Rey’s emotions by constantly commenting on the fact that his brothers abandoned him. Although he his unwilling and scared to face his former friends, he knows he will die alone. The two have to face the gang and dish out their own form of justice and get Eric’s beloved car back.
The Rover’s release on June 20th makes this the third full-length feature film by David Michôd. He wrote and directed the film as a follow up to his 2010 movie, Animal Kingdom. Animal Kingdom is a film of equal dark tones and murderous intent, following a 16-year-old as he survives his criminal family. The film opened the media to the talent of Michôd, leaving them in anticipation for his next work. The Rover debuted at Cannes Film Festival this year during a midnight showing, and was a raving attraction for critics and fans. The cinematography done by Natasha Braiser set the tone for the warped post apocalyptic environment. The bloody thriller was often compared to a less theatrical and more realistic Mad Max, and the performances of the actors were highly praised as well.
Guy Pearce is no stranger to villainous roles, playing the big bad guy in the 2013 Iron Man 3 movie. The actor has been working since the late 80’s, but rose to fame for his lead role in the 2000 thriller Memento. He is also well known for L.A. Confidential (1997) and The Hurt Locker (2008). Robert Pattinson came to the spotlight for his breakout performance as Cedric Diggory in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005), and afterwards became famous for being one of the lead roles in the popular Twilight (2008) series. The Rover is the first film Pattinson has done since the end of the series in 2012, and the actor is making big moves to break from his vampire image with a number of films currently in production. Other actors in The Rover include Scoot McNairy, David Field, and Anthony Hayes.
David Michôd is ready to thrill audiences with ruthlessness, desperation, and violence with his newest drama/ thriller. Fans are excited to see his talents put to a full-length film for the first time in four years. The Rover enters theaters on June 20th, 2014.
By Morgan Louchen