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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David Michôd, David Michôd (based on a story by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Guy Pearce ... Eric
Chan Kien Chan Kien ... Karaoke 1
Tek Kong Lim Tek Kong Lim ... Karaoke 2
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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Fear the man with nothing left to lose. See more »

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Action | Crime | Drama | Sci-Fi

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

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Parts of The Rover were filmed in the outback town of Marree in South Australia. 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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Referenced in Something Elemental: Making 'The Rover' (2014) See more »

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(No) Vacancy
Written by Sam Petty
Performed by Sam Petty
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An absorbing contemporary western
27 January 2016 | by Academy-Award-WinnerSee all my reviews

Screened out of competition at the 67th Cannes Film Festival David Michôd's second feature The Rover is not as fascinating as his Oscar nominated Animal Kingdom. Nevertheless it is an interesting picture and a respectable effort from the promising director.

The film opens to the Australian outback and says at the very beginning that it's been ten years after the collapse. People have suffered an immense economic crisis which left them in the vacuum of authority, lawlessness and banditry. Every single being on screen is desperate. A robbery gone bloody wrong, three men run away from the scene of the crime leaving a wounded brother behind. As their car breaks down along the way they steal another. It belongs to Eric and he is madly determined to get it back. What makes it more interesting is Eric and Rey, the man the gang left behind, come across each other and build up bonds.

At one point of their wearing journey Rey says "Not everything has to be about something" This stuck with me throughout, I took it as a way of saying the contrary -everything has to be about something-. Michôd's film works both as a post- apocalyptic nightmare and an absorbing contemporary western with something to say. Yes, the social commentary were a bit blatant at times (especially that talk between Eric and a soldier) but I like the whole aim of the film as to me it tried to look and find remnants of something human in its lost wanderers. Still though I find the finale to be infuriating, maybe that was the intention, but at least we get to learn why Eric is so inexorable about taking his car back. The reveal was heartbreaking and showed that one would still cling to love in the direst of circumstances.

As for Eric and Rey, I find their relationship intriguing. Eric is like the needed older brother, the father figure to Rey. Right after his singing "Don't hate me cause I'm beautiful" in the car, Rey goes and sits next to Eric. And at that moment I felt Rey wanted to come closer but Eric prevented it saying "go to sleep". I don't know, there was something there and I liked it.

The film is beautiful to look at, it's technically impressive and well directed. One should also mention the commendable work from its actors Pearce and Pattinson. Especially the latter who has never been better. While his face was distractingly over expressive on some occasions, Pattinson still gives a consistent performance as the half-witted Rey.


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Release Date:

20 June 2014 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$69,302, 15 June 2014

Gross USA:

$1,114,423

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,510,007
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2.35 : 1
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