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This post-apocalyptic thriller, starring Priscilla, Queen of the Desert star Guy Pearce, and Twlight’s Robert Pattinson, follows two men on a quest Down Under.
In a story inspired by the genre-defining Mad Max – and yet (for queer viewers at least) no doubt recalling Pearce’s earlier, high-heeled odyssey in a pink bus – the thrust of the narrative is a cross-outback journey in an Australia viewed through different eyes.
Described by Quentin Tarantino as ‘The best post-apocalyptic movie’ since Mel Gibson’s earlier classic, the film is set 10 years after a financial meltdown destroys Western society as we know it. Pearce stars as the steely ‘rover’ of the film’s title, Eric – who searches the Australian wasteland, determined to track down those who took everything he had. There he meets Pattinson’s Rey, a gangmember left for dead by his own brother. Rey soon becomes Eric’s unwitting accomplice as they cross this obliterated world in pursuit of outback justice.
The Rover is written and directed by David Michôd (Animal Kingdom) and is available to download from 15 December. It is available on Blu-ray and DVD from 5 January 2015.