If you missed The Rover in the theaters, now you can purchase the film on DVD or Blu-ray in the UK and Ireland.
CineVue offered up a DVD review, giving the film 4 out of 5 stars. An excerpt:
Pearce has never been better as the haunted and disturbed protagonist, but it’s Pattinson who almost steals the show. Saddled with a thick and garbled Southern US brogue, he completely loses himself within the role, and even if he’s little more than a slow-witted hick, Pattinson’s performance manages to invoke sympathy from the audience, even when things take a decidedly dark turn. An indelible jaunt into the heart of darkness, Michôd has fashioned an very worthy follow-up to Animal Kingdom (2010). The Rover is a bleak and downbeat endeavour, yet it’s also an extremely rewarding and ultimately moving one.
Guy Pearce is solid as always and continues his chameleon like work in genre cinema. The Rover could make for a perfect yet bleak Guy Pearce film festival alongside the The Proposition, The Road, Mementoand Ravenous. However, The Rover is Robert Pattinson’s film. He is capable yet dumb. He almost doesn’t know how to die. He is loyal to a fault and is a true wild card. Pattinson dissapears into the character and it all culminates with him singing Keri Hilson’s song “Pretty Girl Rock.”
6. Guy Pearce – “The Rover”
With apologies to Robert Pattinson (and his legion of fans) who is very, very good in this movie, and continues to prove and reinvent himself in each new role, Guy Pearce owns “The Rover.” David Michôd post-economic collapse dystopian picture is very, very angry and mortally disillusioned, and Pearce embodies these qualities like blackened-heart furnace on the verge of eruption. The harsh, silent and severe nature of Pearce’s character (who’s in search of a car that embodies all that he no longer has) is also a canvas that echoes back to us; we can imagine the family he’s lost, the loved ones, the life that once had meaning; such is his furious bitterness. But a humanity is also occasionally glimpsed and it’s utterly heartbreaking when it briefly peeks through. Like a ratty, emaciated, lonely dog let loose in a ravaged outback, Pearce relentlessly forces his way back home the one thing left his is life that has consequence and buries it for good. Pearce’s character is already resigned to all forms of death, you cannot do him any worse and the affect that he transmits mostly through pained expression is devastating.
A formal campaign for award consideration isn’t being launched for The Rover but it feels good when the work from the film is recognized. This time, it’s Robert Pattinson that’s getting some attention. We hope he continues to be part of the conversation and his performance remembered.
Oscars 2015 Predictions: Why ‘Twilight’ Star Robert Pattinson Should Be Nominated for Best Supporting Actor This Year
The Academy Awards race is heating up with many front runner contenders.
However, a number of categories are still up for grabs and a number of films have been ignored throughout despite great reviews and artistic achievements.
One of these films is “The Rover” by David Michod. Back in 2010, the director made a splash at the Sundance Film Festival with his film “Animal Kingdom.” The movie went on to get an Oscar nomination for Jacki Weaver and the director became sought-after.
However, when “The Rover” premiered at the Cannes Film Festival this past summer, reviews were positive but buzz was low. When it premiered in theaters, A24 failed to really give it a decent marketing campaign and the box office results were not very good.
“The Rover’s” results essentially ended any aspirations of an Oscar campaign, but now that pundits have noted that Supporting Actor race is empty, A24 should focus its energies on campaigning Robert Pattinson’s masterful performance for the Academy Award race. Latin Post raved about his performance and stated, “Pattinson is unrecognizable” and “unsettling.”
Other critics agreed, with the Toronto Star stating, “This minimalist gem affords a chance to see ex-‘Twilight’ star Robert Pattinson at his dramatic best.”
Pattinson may be young for the Academy to recognize, but his work is astonishing and the fact that he was able to crossover from mainstream films to Indie art house films shows his commitment to his craft.
Rob also received some attention from the Cli Fi Movie Awards, winning Best Actor for The Rover. It’s an online based awards show and The Wrap has some more details:
What is this niche awards program all about? It’s two things: It’s a real awards show, and now part of the annual awards season in North America and Europe as everyone gears up for the Oscars telecast in February. And secondly, The program is a conciousness-raising tool to help raise awareness in Hollywood and in the general public about the power of cinema to influence world leaders on vital issues relating to climate change and man-made global warming.
In addition to recognizing current movies each year that have a strong climate theme, the Cliffies also intend to push Hollywood movers and shakers to greenlight more climate-themed movies as time goes by. Because time is running out.