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The Rover (2014)

R | | Crime, Drama | 20 June 2014 (USA)
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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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Chan Kien ...
Karaoke 1
Tek Kong Lim ...
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Caleb
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Henry
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Archie
Scott Perry ...
Dying Soldier
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Rey
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Benny
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Hanging Gardens Boy
Gillian Jones ...
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Jamie Fallon ...
Colin
Frank C. Sun ...
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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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Fear the man with nothing left to lose.

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

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Budget:

$8,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$69,302 (USA) (13 June 2014)

Gross:

$1,109,199 (USA) (15 August 2014)
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Eric's haircut was Guy Pierce's idea. See more »

Quotes

Henry: What's going on with you, brother?
Henry: [Eric doesn't answer] I said, what's going on with you, brother?
Eric: I want my car back.
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Do I Worry?
Written by Stanley Cowan (as Cowan) and Bobby Worth (as Worth)
(Southern Music Australasia)
Performed by The Ink Spots
Under license to Geffen records (US)
Licensed courtesy of Universal Music Australia Pty Limited
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Apocalyptic Aussie Drama in the vein of 'The Road'
15 June 2014 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

I will admit that The Rover is not the kind of film that will be admired by mainstream audiences, but those who like to have their films to be deep, gritty, tense and yet meaningful will find this an incredible Australian drama to rank alongside not only Animal Kingdom, but America's The Road and No Country for Old Men.

The story takes place in the Australian outback (around South Australia in its hot and blistering atmosphere) in the near future after a collapse. A bitter, silent and loner Eric (Guy Pearce) sees his car stolen by a gang and tries to get it back at all cost which has value to him. Asking various civilians (who are fighting to survive in this world, Eric finds a wounded and yet simple brother of a gang member named Rey (who was left behind after a disastrous robbery) putting both Eric and Rey in a intense trip.

What I really enjoyed about The Rover is the fact that the director David Michôd (Animal Kingdom) chooses to tell a story that appears to be so realistic that it could happen, I felt that the Economic Crisis would have been a major backdrop to the story's setting. Character development and emotion is truly present in this film and both of the leading actors deliver that to excellence. The use of music too is raw in some scenes but when music is played it's not the average orchestra score, it consists the use of sound and deep tones. Lastly as well what makes the film truly beautiful despite the subject matter is the cinematography, the out-lands of South Australia are a sight to behold and the camera shots give a detailed look of the collapsing characters and their environment.

Summarise, The Rover is indeed a beautiful but dark Drama that will be only be seen by those interested in the concept and I hope that the film will go on to win some awards for the efforts of its cast, amazing direction and quality.


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