After reading film critic reviews of The Rover (which were mixed) did not deter me from seeing this movie. Why? I’m convinced some film critics are adversarial toward anything progressive because it’s easy to appease audiences and bean counters who like formulas rather than those who don’t. But I digress, this film is very thought provoking and interactive. The director David Michôd respect audiences who can think for themselves. He gives audiences just enough insight without spelling out what the film is about. In other words it’s not for the “paint by numbers” crowd you might need to think or stay sober for at least 90 minutes.
Some critics did not like the ending and I say put down the pipe for a second. In a world where humans are unfaithful (case in point Eric’s wife’s infidelity) the ending finally explained who, what and where Eric allegiance resided. Since LIH is finally back from its little hiatus we plan on discussing The Rover in three parts just for fun. In this article we will discuss the film, Part-2 the critics and Part-3 audience reaction. Enjoy!
“Nothing to fear but fear itself” best describes Guy Pearce performance in this film. Simply put he ROCKED!!!!! Pearce portrays Eric who has given up on human relations in favor of the animal kind, which is visually accentuated by his physicality, mangy hair and clothing that looks like fleas and ticks are hibernating on him. Believe it or not this sets the tone for the film and makes audiences curious why Eric is so messed up? What in the hell happened? So his car get’s stolen, big deal? Is that a reason to sign up for a death wish and go after men with guns? Yet, Pearce and Michod make Eric vulnerable enough to care about him, while contemplating if you should fear Eric or fear for him?
I loved the chemistry between Pearce and Pattinson. They could not have chosen a better cast. Robert Pattinson I was literally blown away by his portrayal of Rey. The Rover plus Cosmopolis definitely shows Robert Pattinson has serious acting skills. This performance of Rey made me forget Twilight and I easily got lost in the story and character. Rey was unassuming, skittish and child-like, to threatening and daring the next, so much range it made me question if Rey was as mentally handicapped as everyone thought? Also the southern accent was very believable and added depth and layers to his character. Very well done.
The Truth is Never Sexy:
This film may not be for everyone because it does not sugar coat the truth. In The Rover the truth is dirty, scary and unforgiving. Humans are self-serving, ruthless and barbaric. When we first meet Eric portrayed by Guy Pearce his car is stolen. Audiences are dropped dead in the middle of his dilemma. The director did not focus on too much back story, which made it more interactive and helped audiences deconstruct the story down to it’s most common denominator which emphasized loyalty, dedication and relationship. The key word being “relationship” be it animal or human. In a world where human behavior is more visceral and animals are more loyal. The Rover makes you question which one would you choose animal or human? We would love to know what you thought of The Rover?