Tag Archives: The Rover
PHIL vs BILL This vaguely futuristic Australian road thriller is set 10 years after “the collapse”, when people’s lives appear as barren as the outback. Guy Pearce plays a loner who’ll stop at nothing to retrieve his car from the clutches of thieves escaping the scene of a violent crime where they’ve left to die one of their own (Robert Pattinson). The two victims forge an unlikely bond as they embark upon a grim, brutal, bloody odyssey across a hostile, desolate landscape that ends tragically but with a corker punchline. Technically and visually The Rover astonishes but the bare-bones narrative betrays the inspiration director/co-writer David Michod (Animal Kingdom) reveals in the extras: a movie about cars.

Bill O’Byrne’s Bargain Bin Blues: The Rover

The Rover: $$ Written and directed by David Michod. Starring Guy Pearce, Robert Pattinson, Scoot McNairy. Australia leads the way in three areas of human endeavour – sports, politics, and bullshit. It is a continent abounding with politicians of perverse bastard genius at every level of governance, a murderous, unforgiving sporting ethos, and a film industry […]

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