Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Wild Men Pushed to the Limits

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Wild Men Pushed to the Limits

Article excerpt

NEVER has a movie played on my mind quite like The Rover.

Set on the scorched plains of the Australian Outback 10 years after a global economic collapse, the world has never seemed so cold, desolate and unforgiving.

Eric (Guy Pearce), a man as rough as the environment around him, is on a mission to track down the men who stole his last remaining possession - his car.

On his journey he crosses paths with a badly wounded member of the gang; a vulnerable, weak and naive young man named Rey (Robert Pattinson), whom he takes as his unwilling accomplice to find his car.

The Rover takes an honest, hard look at humanity in dire circumstances - an unaffectionate and unforgiving face of reality where every man is for himself.

Pearce's facial expression throughout remains unchanged, expressionless, yet to the audience it's obvious he has dozens of demons in his past and actions he's not proud of.

Rey's personality, on the other hand, is cheese to Eric's chalk; his nativity is why you can't despise him. …

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