What a treat on Rob’s Birthday! We CANNOT WAIT to see this movie!!
Already one of our 15 Most Anticipated Films Of The 2014 Cannes Film Festival, the good news is that unlike many films unspooling on the Croisette, we won’t have to wait too long to see “The Rover” in theatres at home. Arriving just in time to provide a smart summer antidote to the variety of big screen blockbusters on display, David Michod‘s latest promises a unique sun-cooked thriller, and today we have the exclusive look at the U.S. theatrical poster for the film.
Starring Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson, the story is set in the Australian outback, and follows a man who hunts down the gang of criminals who stole his car, forcing a wounded and abandoned member of the gang to help track them. And while the film is set in a dystopian future, the filmmaker hopes that the themes within will resonate with a contemporary audience. Here’s what he has to say in his director’s statement from the press notes for the film:
The Rover is set in an unspecified near–‐future, but is, in essence, a film about today. It’s about the rapacious capacity for under–‐regulated Western economies to destroy themselves and it’s about the inevitable shifting balance of global power. It’s about the seemingly intractable problems of human greed and environmental destruction and the despair these forces might elicit in struggling people. More than anything, it’s about the ways these factors affect the emotional lives of individuals.
Unlike many films set in a dystopian future, I don’t want the devastation of The Rover to be seen as the consequence of a single unforeseen cataclysmic or apocalyptic event. Imagined cataclysms frequently allow viewers or readers an opportunity to distance themselves from the earth and air of the story. I want The Rover to feel like an entirely conceivable world of the very near future, a world despoiled by very real forces and systems at work all around us today.
The Australian Outback of The Rover is a world ten years after a great Western economic collapse. It’s a near future of social and economic decay. Services, utilities, law and order have fallen into dangerous disrepair. And yet people from all corners of the world have come to this place to work the mines that feed the new world alignment, that feed the great powerhouses of this, the Asian century.
The world of the movie, as such, mirrors the American and Australian gold rushes of the 19th century. People are drawn to the land’s mines and with them come the leeches, the refuse, the hustlers and criminals who hope to exploit the mines’ margins.
This isn’t a complete collapse of society –‐ it’s an inversion of present–‐day global power dynamics. This is Australia as a resource–‐rich Third World country. This is the violence and unrest of contemporary Sierra Leone, DRC, Nigeria and Guinea.
And at the centre of this world are two men –‐ one, a murderously embittered Australian man, a former soldier who has lost his farm and his family; the other, a simple and naive American boy, too young to remember a time when things were anything other than what they are.
Fascinating stuff indeed, and we’re looking forward to seeing how the genre elements and bigger idea concepts are melted together by the “Animal Kingdom” director. “The Rover” opens in limited release on June 20th. Check out the U.S. theatrical poster below.