The Rover, with Guy Pearce, Robert Pattinson & Scoot McNairy. Director, David Michôd. This Australian film, set in a world where some sort of unspecified social or economic collapse has taken place, showcases Pearce’s dramatic & emotive skills – successfully.
Pearce simmers in hopelessness & unsaid anger. A resident of the middle of nowhere, upset when a group of suspicious characters fly past; taking something, which is most definitely his. I’ve not seen this kind of performance in him since Memento. The smallest of expressions, & his whole being; saying so much.
Pattinson surely shines as an accidental companion in a mature role, so different from his previous characters which were meant to either pander to children or overly prove his street credentials. I like him. Though it will take some serious, strategic placing in equally swell films to ensure his place among the A-listers.
The movie is remarkable in its simplicity & barely qualifies as science fiction; but rather, a projection. Where the drama & mood are the mainstay. If there is desolation portrayed in the film, it’s a social malaise. Instead of the environment, which functions as a stage to the characters’ despair.
I recommend the film. It’s fascinating to watch the dynamics between Pearce & Pattinson. There is some sort of sympathetic electricity between them; but there is no doubt that Pearce is the star.