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Stars: Guy Pearce, Robert Pat­tin­son, Scoot McNairy

Di­rec­tor: David Mi­chod

FEW would deny Aus­tralian film­maker David Mi­chod’s 2010 fea­ture de­but An­i­mal

King­dom was a world- class crime drama: an in­tensely un­set­tling study of ev­ery­day evil that hit hard, left bruises and made no apolo­gies af­ter­wards.

While The Rover car­ries the same air of ma­li­cious as­sur­ance, it strug­gles to re­motely achieve the same im­pact. Set in a near- fu­ture where Aus­tralia has be­come a law­less, burntout husk, a bru­tally ba­sic story tracks the ef­forts of a hard- bit­ten high­way drifter ( Guy Pearce) to re­trieve a stolen car. Any­one who dares in­ter­fere with the quest is usu­ally shot dead at the first op­por­tu­nity, a lazy de­fault set­ting for a script that seems des­per­ately un­der­writ­ten.

Though Mi­chod is able to force­fully ma­nip­u­late an at­mos­phere rife with per­sonal de­spair and so­cial an­ar­chy, it re­mains dif­fi­cult for view­ers to take a close in­ter­est through­out. Es­pe­cially once Robert Pat­tin­son shows up, act­ing all nutty and twitchy and mum­bling in a Sling Blade voice. Dis­ap­point­ing.

Now show­ing State Cin­ema

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