DVD Review: The Rover
Australian films tend to be a little hot and miss, but The Rover is definitely a must see film that echos Cormac McCarthy’s The Road in many ways, yet blazes its own cautionary tale set in a post apocalyptic future few have imagined. One where resources may be sparse and civilisation just isn’t, but you can still flip a swigtch and the light goes on.
We meet the protagonist, Eric, played by Guy Pearce when he pulls into a roadside stop for refreshments. Whilst inside ute full of men who have just been in a gun fight, leaving one person behind, dead, flips after the driver and passengers have an argument. Unable to get the ute going again, the men spot Eric’s car and decide to steal than. Eric notices too late, but manages to get the ut started and gives chase. Out gunned he has to back down, but never stops his search for his beloved Holden.
Along the way Eric picks up Rey (played by a near unrecognisable Robert Pattinson in a role that gives me admiration for his acting skills) the left for dead brother of the car thieves. This gives Eric a way to track his car, and so this post apocalyptic road trip becomes a strange buddy film.
But jut as you think you’ve got this intense slow burning film pegged down, Eric does something totally unexpected. So much so that it turns the film on it’s head – or at least your feelings for Eric and you start to really wonder what is so important about that damn Holden.
The Rover is set in the desolate Australian outback, 10 years after a financial collapse that destroyed civilisation. Pearce and Pattinson give subdued but intense performances in a slow film of few words. It pays to watch this film with intense concentration, taking notice at the little things. This is a thinking film, one that will stay with you for a while. One that you will have to actively think about after the ending, else you will just walk away scratching your head.
You wont see the end coming, but it’s brilliant once you connect all the dots.
The Rover isn’t a special effects laden action fest, but like The Road it burns into your very soul, and will probably end up being one of the best Sissie films you’ll ever see.
Rating: R16 Graphic violence and offensive language. .