David Michôd, director of the academy award nominated Animal Kingdom (2010), directed The Rover in 2014.
Starring Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson, The Rover is set in a devastated land, the result of a global economic collapse, where a man is obsessively pursuing a group of thieves, who stole his car, in an uncanny alliance with the brother of one the thieves.
The Rover starts on a wasteland road that immediately makes the viewer think of the original Mad Max. But Those longing for a lot of action (because of the set up and two stars involved) will be deceived. There is a grim ambiance about The Rover, a tangible uneasiness lying in its slow pacing that is more efficient with its minimalist depiction of a world gone down the drain than in films like John Hillcoat’s The Road (2009). Something simple but obsessive with the characters. It makes good use of settings. There are some great moves and careful framing and shadows by cinematographer Natasha Braier.
David Michôd also seems to be one of those directors with an ear. Antony Partos & Sam Petty’s original score fits the choices Michôd made with the use of already existing material like NY experimental saxophonist Colin Stetson or Chicago based post rock legends Tortoise. The soundtrack adds to the depth.
And while such kind of edgy movies are often deceptive at the end of the road, The Rover (without spoiling anything) offers some keys in its conclusion on one man’s obsessive journey.
Yours to discover.