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The Rover (2014)

R | | Crime, Drama | 20 June 2014 (USA)
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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.

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David Michôd

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Joel Edgerton (based on a story by), David Michôd (based on a story by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Guy Pearce ... Eric
Chan Kien Chan Kien ... Karaoke 1
Tek Kong Lim Tek Kong Lim ... Karaoke 2
Tawanda Manyimo ... Caleb
Scoot McNairy ... Henry
David Field ... Archie
Scott Perry Scott Perry ... Dying Soldier
Robert Pattinson ... Rey
Richard Green ... Storekeeper
Ben Armer Ben Armer ... Benny
Ethan Hanslow Ethan Hanslow ... Hanging Gardens Boy
Gillian Jones Gillian Jones ... Grandma
Jamie Fallon Jamie Fallon ... Colin
Frank C. Sun Frank C. Sun ... Acrobat 1 (as Chen 'Frank' Sun)
Samuel F. Lee ... Acrobat 2
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Ten years after a global economic collapse, a cold-blooded drifter traverses the scorched Australian outback on a mission to track down the men who stole his last remaining possession - his car. When he crosses paths with a badly wounded member of the gang, he takes the vulnerable, naïve young man along as his unwitting accomplice. Written by Anonymous

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Fear the man with nothing left to lose. See more »

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Crime | Drama

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Rated R for language and some bloody violence | See all certifications »

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Australia | USA

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English | Chinese

Release Date:

20 June 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El cazador See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$69,302, 15 June 2014

Gross USA:

$1,114,423

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,295,423
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Dolby Digital

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Eric's car is an Australian Holden Commodore, sold in North America as the Pontiac G8 GT See more »

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Quotes

[first lines]
Caleb: [driving] We're not turning around. He's gone!
Henry: What do you mean, "He's gone"? He was still moving. I fucking saw him still moving.
Caleb: We killed people!
Henry: What do you mean? Turn the fucking car around!
Caleb: He's gone! What are we supposed to do?
Henry: Damn it, this shit's not worth it for me to leave him there!
Caleb: We killed people, man.
Henry: God damn it! Please, I'm begging you. He's my fucking brother.
Archie: [from the back seat] I said this would happen.
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Featured in Something Elemental: Making 'The Rover' (2014) See more »

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Extremey nihilistic
15 June 2014 | by rubenmSee all my reviews

In an extremely violent post-apocalyptic world where most human kindness and decency seems to have disappeared, a lone drifter hunts down a group of men who stole his car. That is, in a nutshell, the story of 'The Rover'.

The film is in many ways extremely nihilistic. There is little dialogue, the story takes place in the harsh and empty Australian desert, most characters are tough and tight-lipped, and the violence is abundant. This is at the same time the strength and the weakness of the film.

Watching it is an experience, many scenes are gripping and intense. But at times, I wished this would be a more 'normal' film, with more back story, more plot development, more dialogue. At the end, its slowness and weirdness got on my nerves. It is a very atmospheric film: the general mood of lawlessness, moral decay, and hopelessness is very captivating. But that in itself is not enough to carry the film. I would have liked a bit more explanation about why people act like they do.

One final remark: I was impressed by Robert Pattinson's acting. He plays a young man who seems to be not quite right in his head - an extremely demanding role.


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