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The Rover (2014)

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10 years after a global economic collapse, a hardened loner pursues the men who stole his only possession, his car. Along the way, he captures one of the thieves' brother, and the duo form an uneasy bond during the dangerous journey.

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David Michôd

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Guy Pearce ... Eric
Chan Kien Chan Kien ... Karaoke 1
Tek Kong Lim Tek Kong Lim ... Karaoke 2
Tawanda Manyimo Tawanda Manyimo ... Caleb
Scoot McNairy ... Henry
David Field ... Archie
Scott Perry Scott Perry ... Dying Soldier
Robert Pattinson ... Rey
Richard Green ... Storekeeper
Ben Armer Ben Armer ... Benny
Ethan Hanslow Ethan Hanslow ... Hanging Gardens Boy
Gillian Jones Gillian Jones ... Grandma
Jamie Fallon Jamie Fallon ... Colin
Frank C. Sun Frank C. Sun ... Acrobat 1 (as Chen 'Frank' Sun)
Samuel F. Lee ... Acrobat 2
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Ten years after a global economic collapse, a cold-blooded drifter traverses the scorched Australian outback on a mission to track down the men who stole his last remaining possession - his car. When he crosses paths with a badly wounded member of the gang, he takes the vulnerable, naïve young man along as his unwitting accomplice. Written by Anonymous

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Things fall apart. The center cannot hold. Anarchy is loosed upon the world. See more »


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Rated R for language and some bloody violence | See all certifications »

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Australia | USA

Language:

English | Chinese

Release Date:

20 June 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El cazador See more »

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Budget:

$8,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$69,302, 15 June 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,109,199, 15 August 2014
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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The film was originally going to be written by both David Michôd and Joel Edgerton for Edgerton's brother, Nash, to direct it. See more »

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[first lines]
Caleb: [driving] We're not turning around. He's gone!
Henry: What do you mean, "He's gone"? He was still moving. I fucking saw him still moving.
Caleb: We killed people!
Henry: What do you mean? Turn the fucking car around!
Caleb: He's gone! What are we supposed to do?
Henry: Damn it, this shit's not worth it for me to leave him there!
Caleb: We killed people, man.
Henry: God damn it! Please, I'm begging you. He's my fucking brother.
Archie: [from the back seat] I said this would happen.
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Crystal Waters
Written and performed by Matthias Loibner
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Gritty dirty journey for salvation, and a car.
11 March 2015 | by quincytheodoreSee all my reviews

I can guess the director must have played a lot of Grand Theft Auto games. The Rover is mercilessly violence almost to the point of desensitization, and it's downright amazing. This is far from usual action flick, presented in exclusively barren setting, it bides its time and delivers every blows unapologetically. The two leads perform splendidly, conveying rugged emotions with either less than subtle words or crude gestures.

Eric (Guy Pearce) has the displeasure of having his car stolen. Fueled by willpower he chases the group of robbers who stole the beloved car. On his lone crusade he serendipitously meets with one of the members who got shot, Rey (Robert Pattinson), a slightly mentally challenged young man. These two have the most awkward yet surprisingly fascinating chemistry.

Guy Pearce is stone cold, barely communicating his intents and when he does, he utters it in such unpleasant way. Meanwhile Robert Pattinson is a timid yet volatile man, who by his nature is pretty impressionable. If there's any criticism for his acting after certain vampire series, he more than makes up for it. Their relationship is very bizarre, united only by a common goal. It's more appropriate that they tolerate each other, but after a while this symbiosis gradually affects both of them.

Visual is a heavy reminder of Mad Max, done in outback where only sun shines and not much else. Brutal gore litters the movie, I've seen many use of violence in a movie, but this one certainly should be watched with tact. Soundtracks are also impressive, the songs are highly unexpected yet they work marvelously for the theme.

Somehow the uncompromising nature does hamper the film, the logic and also logistic are a bit implausible. It'd be better if it had more narrative or back story of the place or characters since people are so unsympathetic towards each other, it's a miracle that the outback is still populated. Everything is so strange, and while this eccentric nature has merit, but it may alienate some audience.

The Rover is a muddy arduous chase, yet it's brilliantly captivating beneath all the dust and blood.


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