The Rover popped up in several videos for year-end mashups but this one pointed out how it was one of the most underrated films of 2014. Coming in at #3, The Rover commentary starts at 8:08
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And making The Playlist’s Best Music Moments…you know this was included, coming in 4 out of 15:
David Michod’s “The Rover” is unrelentingly bleak, or very nearly so. Set in a post-apocalyptic Australia that makes the world envisioned by George Miller’s “Mad Max” movies seem like a day at a multi-level spa, the narrative is defined largely by bloodshed, squealing tires, and grime. But it’s during the movie’s darkest section that Michod brings out the most wonderful moment of levity. Over a stark, wasted landscape, and stars Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson tromping over brush, a familiar tinkling piano starts to boom over the soundtrack, former Timbaland protégé Keri Hilson’s outrageously wonderful “Pretty Girl Rock.” It lets the audience say, “Wait! I know this song,” plugging them into the character’s mindset in a way that the movie hadn’t previously accomplished, segueing to the next scene, where Pattinson halfheartedly sings along to the song in some bombed-out vehicle (notably the line “Don’t hate me ‘cos I’m beautiful” which has to have meta relevance for the actor). The upbeat nature of the song gives the movie hope, even if that hope is just as phony and shiny as the song itself (and over just as quickly). It’s sometimes hard to make an emotional connection with a movie as single-mindedly brutal as “The Rover,” but this moment, thanks to this song, lets you in. It’s also amazing to think that, in the dusty distant future, people are still doing the pretty girl rock.