movie review

Movie Review: THE ROVER (2014)

THE ROVER (2014)

Directed By David Michôd

Starring: Guy Pearce, and Robert Pattinson

Netflix

Transfer: Great

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As Matt Average recently said to me, “You are the only one who will review any new films for the site, they must be at least 30 years old for me to watch them”.  Well Mr. Average, I too love most things old (music, cars, film, comics, art, etc), but I watch a lot of movies, and every once in a while I watch something that is current, and it actually excites me.  That was the case with 2014’s The Rover.  The film stars the awesome Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson (you know the dude from those shitty Twilight vampire films).   I do enjoy both these actors in many other roles, so I was super stoked on watching them team up together for this.  The apocalyptic film starts off with the following on a black screen  “Australia, ten years after the collapse”.   Yes, this bares some resemblance to the original Mad Max in its story, landscape, and violence.  Guy Pearce plays a loner who like the rest of Australia is dealing with a dog eat dog world after the financial collapse of the country (and maybe the world).  Guy is angry and never smiles (though it is the end of the world, so nobody is really smiling) and seems to be drifting around the outback.  That is until his car is stolen by three men who are up to no good. He then follows them through out the outback trying to get his car back while much crudeness and violence occurs.  Pearce runs into the mentally challenged brother of one of the thieves who is played by Robert Pattinson.  They develop a strange bond that starts off with a lot of tension.  At any rate, the story is really cool, and yes, this is another revenge buddy flick.  I won’t go into too much more detail because I don’t want to spoil anything for anyone.  I loved everything about this film.  The soundtrack is that of mega tension… like John Zorn playing a violin with a crowbar or something.  (NW)

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Nate Wilson: NW  Devon Cahill: DC  Matt Average: MA

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