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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.

Director:

David Michôd

Writers:

Joel Edgerton (based on a story by), David Michôd (based on a story by) | 1 more credit »
3 wins & 19 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Storyline

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 »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

Australia | USA

Language:

English | Chinese

Release Date:

20 June 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El cazador See more »

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Box Office

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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

David Michôd wrote the character of Eric specifically for Guy Pearce. See more »

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Quotes

[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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Connections

Referenced in The River: Inside the Rover (2014) See more »

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Two Themes for Rey
Written by Sam Petty
Performed by Sam Petty
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A truly remarkable and wonderful piece of cinema
15 June 2014 | by lacqueredmouseSee all my reviews

I'll admit I don't watch a lot of Australian cinema. I'll also admit that I didn't really care a whole lot for Michôd's previous film Animal Kingdom—certainly not as much as the rest of the world seemed to. So it was with some amount of skepticism that I went to see The Rover. But I am really, truly glad that I did.

This is an astonishingly good film, built around a wonderfully nuanced and rich, but extremely sparsely specified post-apocalyptic Australian outback setting. We follow Eric (Guy Pearce), a taciturn but brutal loner, who goes on some kind of personal rampage after his car is stolen on a remote road. Along the way, he finds Rey (Robert Pattinson), who he forces to assist him.

The world-building in this film is astonishingly good. Michôd creates a very bleak environment for his very bleak characters, and hints at the disaster that left the world in this way—people only accept US currency, for example, but the reasons are left tantalisingly absent. The dusky red cinematography of the outback creates a beautiful backdrop for the sense of desolation.

Moreover, the performances throughout are superb. Pearce is dangerous but distant, creating a character who seems to have lost the same vestige of humanity as has the society in which he now lives. But I was even more blown away by Robert Pattinson's co-dependent Reynolds, whose violent actions belie his heart-rending naïveté and fragility—one scene towards the end of the film where Rey and Eric seem to open up to each other a little more around a campfire is truly affecting. I'm really pleased to see Pattinson taking on these sort of roles—he's a truly great actor, and I'm so pleased that the Twilight franchise didn't ruin him for the rest of us.

Overall, this film was a truly remarkable and wonderful piece of cinema. Even though I doubted Michôd after Animal Kingdom, this film assures me that I will continue seeing his films going forward. This was an absolute highlight for me, and I hope more broadly marks a resurgence for Australian cinema on the world stage.


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