THE PLOT THUS FAR
10 years after a global economic collapse, a hardened loner pursues the men who stole his only possession, his car. Along the way, he captures one of the thieves’ brother, and the duo form an uneasy bond during the dangerous journey.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
“The Rover” opens on Eric losing his car and only true asset left in a financially collapsed world. Going on a rampage, Eric finds a rather off-putting young man named Rey. Rey’s been shot, but he’s managing the wound. Together, they travel the country side in a stolen military vehicle. They visit the black market and all sorts of gritty points to find out what happened to Eric’s car. All the while, Rey makes it very well known that he can’t function without someone else guiding him along the way.
I’m thrilled to see Robert Pattinson breaking type. Pattinson’s portrayal of Rey gets at the heart of the movie and how it processes a Dystopian future. It’s not so much about the pain and misery, but surviving in a redefined culture where adversity is the only constant. Whether it’s Guy Pearce, Robert Pattinson or some Aussie yokel, everyone is just trying to find a way to reclaim their past lives and survive in a new world. It doesn’t matter what caused the collapse and I’m glad that there was no attempt to explain it. An explanation for tragedy doesn’t do anything for the people living it. When we finally see why Pearce wanted his car back so damn bad, it makes sense. There’s a place where dignity, misery and obligation meet that breeds some fantastic drama.
The Blu-Ray comes with a featurette and Digital HD copy as the special features. The A/V Quality is pretty strong, if you understand the haze is part of the cinematography. The 1080p transfer is superb. Plus, the DTS-HD 5.1 master audio track offers a ton of support. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase to the curious.
RELEASE DATE: 09/23/2014