A fascinating film, tonally like THE ROAD
After the success of his first feature, ANIMAL KINGDOM, talented new director, David Michod, had a range of scripts to choose from, but he chose one of his own, "THE ROVER." He put together a stellar cast fronted by Robert Pattinson and Guy Pearce and once again he was Produced by Liz Watts of Porchlight Films.
The Rover is set in the near future, in the stark Australian outback. Pearce plays a hardened drifter who chases a gang, after they steal his car, and Pattinson plays the younger brother of a gang member who's been left behind.
It's a beautifully shot film with outstanding performances by Pearce and Pattinson, both magnetic on screen while playing completely different characters. It was a joy to watch the characters get to know each other, grow and change along the journey. I enjoyed the film but the holes in the script bugged me, I thought the story could have been so much more intriguing and challenging. Saying that I did enjoy it more than Animal Kingdom. Some people might find it a bit slow, but I think it's worth watching even if it's just for the performances.