The Rover hits theaters today. Find out what we thought in Greg's spoiler free review.
|"The first shot is for Twilight.|
The second is for Kristen Stewart.
And the third is for...well....
In The Rover, David Michôd’s followup to the acclaimed 2010 crime drama Animal Kingdom, he finds that reason, that point, that why, and crafts a film that sucks you in for its 102 minute run time, throws you to the ground, kicks you out, and makes you want to experience it all over again.
The premise is as straight forward as a premise can be: Eric lives in Australia ten years after the "collapse", some sort of economic breakdown that is not elaborated upon, and his only possession of consequence is a car. The film uses an ultra-simple plot that never gets in the way of crafting complex characters with similarly complex motivations. Eric, portrayed excellently by Guy Pearce, is a man of few words who has committed horrible crimes in his past. He has grown numb to this world he now lives in which sets off the chain of events that carry the story.
|"Is this the place for|
The Walking Dead auditions?"
The content of the film is filled to the brink with nihilism, violence, and sorrow, but Michôd never drowns in it. He shoots with DP Natasha Braier in a matter-of-fact way, showing every snippet of action in a brief and brutal way. The sound, which is a technical achievement, juxtaposes long, stressful periods of silence with gunshots that chill the bones of every audience member. It also seems to affect the characters. Eric says after an accidental death, “You should remember the lives you take. It’s the price you pay for taking them.” It is quite clear that he has taken many after the ‘collapse,’ and his drained expression shows the internal battle he has faced, and that price he has paid.
|"I'm just angry.|
Dingoes ate my baby!!!"
The response to this film has become, sadly, mixed. People seem to be frustrated at the simplicity of the plot, how it drifts around, and how little happens. It’s unfortunate, really, because the plot serves the many complex themes and ideas the film masterfully brings about. They are missing out on what is easily one of the best films of this year and decade.