From Film School Rejects:
David Michod has followed his much-lauded family crime drama Animal Kingdom with a film that has somewhat enigmatically been described as “a futuristic Western set in the Australian outback.” With Guy Pearce as a wronged family man salivating for vengeance and Robert Pattinson continuing to distance himself from teeny bop status, The Rover looks to be that rare summer combination of great performances, unique directorial vision, and engrossing filmmaking.
It’s an irresistible combination that has us hooked in anticipation for a film that I can only speculatively describe as Mad Max meets The Proposition. Also keep in mind that The Rover is distributed by a young label – A24 – that has already released some of the more impressive films of 2014 including Enemy, Under the Skin, and Locke. The Rover looks by all means to continue this reputation of supporting confident, pull-no-punches filmmaking, and will hopefully prove one of the strongest alternatives to predictable multiplex fare.
From The Daily Beast:
Directed by Animal Kingdom filmmaker David Michôd from a story by him and actor Joel Edgerton, this futuristic western is set in the Australian Outback and stars Guy Pearce as Eric, an ex-soldier who’s lost his farm and his family. When a gang of Aussie criminals snatches his last worldly possession—his beloved car—he sets off to find them and seek revenge. Along the way, he comes across Reynolds (Robert Pattinson), a naïve American and former member of the gang, who agrees to help him. The $12 million future-western has been billed as a more menacing version of Mad Max.
We haven’t seen this one yet, but how could we not be excited for the followup film by the director of 2010’s brilliant crime drama “Animal Kingdom”? Director David Michod again works with Guy Pearce, who stars opposite Robert Pattinson in a thriller playing out in the post-apocalyptic harsh Australian desert.
Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson in the same movie is exciting in itself, but add director David Michod and The Rover may be the only fresh kill on the menu.