ROUNDUP: Media outlets report on ‘The Rover’ trailer – “Incredible” “Damn good” “Gripping” “Shivers”

UPDATED3: More added from the bottom up!

It’s only a been a couple of hours but the feedback on the trailer for David Michôd’s The Rover is goooood. What a great birthday gift along with his Cannes status! We’ll keep updating this post as the day goes by. If you haven’t seen the trailer yet (WHY NOT??) click HERE to view.


The following are excerpts from media outlets reporting on The Rover trailer:

First Showing:

Wow – this is indeed a must watch….they show even more of the story without giving away anything, and damn, it looks incredible. From the emotion in Pearce’s eyes, to the bleakness of the world, this is one of my most anticipated to see this summer.


And zowie! Does this trailer impress. Such intensity and style. We would expect nothing less from the director of the acclaimed Animal Kingdom….This looks like your next dose of intensity this summer.

The Playlist:

Yes, it looks pretty damn good…And the story, conceived by Michod and Joel Edgerton, looks like one packed with a grim sense of place and a palpable atmosphere of a post-apocalyptic world.

Michôd is back with another film, The Rover, and it looks like it may be one of the most gripping films of the year…The Rover looks like a beautifully photographed, intense tale of one man who decides to say screw it all and chase down the men who took the one thing he had left. And if you’re the type who instantly dismisses Pattinson because of his Twilight days, this is further evidence as to why he shouldn’t simply be ignored.

Cinema Blend:

The shot of Pearce failing to look up as a car crashes outside his window gives me shivers, for some reason. There’s something so disconnected about it.

The Film Stage:

Considering this one is part of the Midnight Screenings section at Cannes, we imagine things will be getting fairly dark and that sort of dread is on full display here.

Short List:

Director David Michôd’s breakout hit is one of the finest films of the past decade and anything he now does, we will be inevitably excited about. It also helps that a rather fantastic new trailer has just dropped for his follow-up film.


Back in January, we brought you a teaser trailer for ‘The Rover‘, the follow-up film from ‘Animal Kingdom’ director David Michod. It looked great. Today, we’re back with the full trailer and news that, yes, it still looks great. So good, in fact, that it’s an official selection of the 2014 Cannes Film Festival….another impressive right turn from Pattinson, who continues to show he can do solid work that doesn’t involve playing an angst vampire.


Michod comes to Cannes’ slim midnight section this year with “The Rover,” a wild-looking neo-western co-written by fellow Aussie filmmaker Joel Edgerton and starring Guy Pearce—alongside Robert Pattison, who might just become something of a Cannes regular if he keeps this up.


This new trailer that A24 Pictures just released looks absolutely incredible….The tone and feel of this trailer is pitch perfect for this style and this subject matter. Everything is grim, dirty, dusty, and bleak beyond imagination. I love the overall aesthetic of The Rover, which is austere and forbidding; quiet, but punctuated with sharp explosions of extreme brutality. This has the countenance of a gritty western, and is certainly not going to be for the faint of heart. That shot of Pearce just sitting there, totally calm, as the car goes skidding past the window upside down is nothing short of fantastic….the makings of one hell of a cast….I can’t wait.


[Guy’s] an interesting screen presence, though, and seems quite at home in his latest part. The same could be said for Robert Pattinson, whose appearance and role is a far cry from the sparkly vampire of Twilight. Together, they could be a very interesting duo. The trailer, at least, makes the whole set up most intriguing.


This looks like it’s going to be a great film. I’m definitely putting it on my must watch list.

The Wrap:

An unlikely bromance forms in post-apocalyptic Australia…The film looks like a slow burner, bubbling with stoic machismo…

Screen Rant:

Frankly, the movie looks downright apocalyptic, though it’s not clear whether the narrative unfolds on a future Earth in the wake of some world-changing catastrophe, or if Michôd’s setting is just barren by nature…The Rover premieres at Cannes this year, so expect to hear word of mouth on it soon. The rest of us, meanwhile, have to wait for June to see it ourselves, but it looks like it’ll be worth the wait.


We’re looking forward to getting our serious on…so the film’s release can’t come soon enough.


[The Rover] will premiere at the festival in the Midnight Screenings section, and if this stark, moody and decidedly unsettling first trailer is anything to go by, that might be the right place for it….this looks like a most impressive showcase for Guy Pearce, playing a man hunting down the gang who stole his car in the Australian Outback. Michôd doesn’t appear to have lost the brutal command of atmosphere, balancing latent and not-so-latent violence,  that he wielded in his debut — count me very excited for this indeed.

ET Canada:

The producers of Rover have released a new trailer, and it looks exactly like the sort of movie that would do well at Cannes—dark, brooding, minimalistic, and full of enigmatic references to Irish poet William Butler Yeats

The Dissolve:

There’s a promising philosophical tinge to the snippets of conversation between the hero and his reluctant companion, as they debate who’s in charge and whether any kind of authority figure—earthly or otherwise—will judge their actions and give them comfort.

Entertainment Weekly:

I’m never sure whether the Australian countryside will be the best, or the absolute worst, place to hole up come the inevitable apocalypse. And the trailer for the new, Cannes-selected film The Rover only makes the issue murkier.

Huffington Post:

There’s something especially eerie about a manhunt in the Australian Outback. The unreachable horizon and barren plains take on a menacing tone — or perhaps that’s just the vibe they give off in the trailer for “The Rover”


Robert Pattinson’s shrugged off the Twilight stigma pretty nicely, I think. Hopefully he’ll turn in a good performance here, and I expect we can trust Pearce to pitch his normal game.

Ain’t It Cool:

This is a lovely trailer for a film which looks earnest and well-played.

Empire Online:

If you were after a promo that keeps much of the intense, atmospheric feeling from that teaser, but offered a little more in the way of story, here you go….It’s another fascinating, complex role for Pearce and appears to be another leap for Pattinson, who has thrown himself into working with interesting filmmakers.


Buzziest films heading to Cannes…The Rover…it looks to be just as bleak and unsettling as the arid wilderness of the outback can be.

Den of Geek: 

It’s a promising post-apocalyptic crime thriller starring Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson…Michod’s sure to bring his own grim quality to The Rover…


A solid amount of Guy Pearce/Robert Pattinson bromance, which is a draw that should not be underestimated.

Total Film:

It looks as gritty, brutal and gripping as we were hoping…If it’s even half as brilliant as Michod’s last film Animal Kingdom, we’re in for a very interesting ride.

Film Is My Oxygen:

While there’s a plethora of post-apocalyptic movies and tv shows out right now, few have the gravitas and potential that David Michod’s The Rover does.

I Watch Mike:

We got it people!!! The FULL trailer for THE ROVER starring the AWESOME Guy Pearce (huge fan) and the super cool Robert Pattinson. If you haven’t seen the trailer – this movie looks pretty great. I can’t wait to see it.

Check out the trailer and get a feel for what could be the best movie to come out in a long time.

Up & Comers:

The film, which may I say looks quite compelling in all aspects, is just another prestigious title to add to Pattinson’s post-“Twilight” career. In addition to Michôd, he is set to reunite with David Cronenberg for “Map to the Stars” and also has projects with Werner Herzog (“Queen of the Desert”) and Anton Corbijn (“Life”) lined up. So, he’s one to watch, to say the least!

It’s Just Movies:

We featured the first riveting teaser earlier this year, but this time they show even more of the story without giving away anything, and heck, it looks incredible from the emotion in Pearce’s eyes to the bleakness of the world. This is certainly one of my most anticipated films of the upcoming summer.


The first trailer for David Michôd’s The Rover offers all of the above in spades, painting a bleak but compelling picture of the aftermath of a carjacking…Given the brutal majesty of Michôd’s Australian underworld epic Animal Kingdom, it seems like a safe bet that The Rover will deliver the same caliber of tense, sweeping drama that we’ve come to expect from the director.

Screen Invasion: 

This film has been garnered a following for some time now and this trailer easily convinces you that The Rover is a must see. The superb talent of both Pearce and Pattinson will surely be well received and will take the already strongly written script to levels beyond our imagination.

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