Saturday, June 21, 2014

The Rover

Guy Pearce is one of those actors who is consistently great, and always appearing in interesting roles, but who hasn't gone Hollywood and as a result doesn't get the recognition he should.  Sure, we all loved 'Memento' and 'L.A. Confidential'.  But have you seen 'The Proposition'?  'Animal Kingdom'?  'Death Defying Acts'?  'First Snow'?  'Traitor'?  And he seems most at home, when in his native continent of Australia, and particularly dirty and in the outback, as is the case here.  He's so natural in this role, as a mysterious loner in a post-apocalyptic world in pursuit of the men who stole his car.  His performance is quiet, yet powerful.  And there's a lot more to love here, including the cinematography and tense atmosphere.  I'd love to be able to give it at least an A- but unfortunately I can't because it's simply too slow and with not quite enough payoff to make it a must see.

Grade: B

Who is this movie for?  Those who can handle and appreciate a slow and quiet, but atmospheric, violent, and somewhat tense post apocalyptic Australian outback road film.

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