Thanks to Thinking of Rob - Best Movies of 2014

 

Robert Pattinson

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Robert Pattinson (“The Rover” and “Maps to the Stars”)

The Rover

 

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20. “The Rover”

If one takes “The Rover” on its own methodical, minimalist terms — an existentialist fable that burrows deep into the moralism of its corrupted, barren landscape — it’s hard to deny that writer/director David Michod’s sophomore effort wholly accomplishes what it sets out to do. Stripping away all narrative complexity to the point of abstraction, the character study really breathes, but in such a completely different way to Michod’s triumphant last feature “Animal Kingdom,” that after just two features and a few shorts, Michod has us convinced he’s the real deal. Featuring a stunningly grizzled, grimy lead performance by Guy Pearce, easily one of our favorite working actors, and an impressive turn from Robert Pattinson who is growing as a performer with every film, it’s a movie that pulsates beneath the surface and in the long silences between dialogue and outbursts of violence. And it’s starkly beautiful to look at and to listen to, eschewing revelations and plot twists to deliver its deceptively simple story through mood, tone and atmosphere.

 

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21. THE ROVER

All eyes were on David Michôd, when he pitched up his second feature film, “The Rover.” It must be said that the initial “Mad Max” comparisons were a disservice, as this outback-set existential drama (starring Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson) wasn’t interested much in high-octane thrills and chase scenes at all.

 

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The Rover is a slow-burn chase movie set in the Australian outback 10 years after “the collapse.” What exactly that collapse is and how it came to be are never explained, but from the film’s first few frames it’s easy to put the pieces together. Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson play opposites brought together by circumstance and their only goal is to track down a group of thieves with precious cargo. The Rover is a movie that demands patience and rewards you with beauty.

 

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11. “The Rover”

By now we know how critically hushed the reception of David Michod’s “The Rover” has been (though, as seen in our 20 Best Films Of 2014 list, and our Cannes review, we do not agree with the general perception), but the early trailer is an intriguing glimpse at everything that’s fascinating in the film. The images, showcasing the film’s gorgeous cinematography and merciless spirit, just keep adding to the poetic nature hinted at by an earlyW.B. Yeats quote, until Robert Pattinson’s tragic lost soul comes up on screen. Once Sol Seppy’s “Enter One” glides in (one of the most effective uses of a song in any trailer this year), it becomes pretty clear that Michod’s film is imbued with melancholia and evokes a deep longing for any semblance of humanity left in a Godless world.

 

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6. “The Rover”

You gotta hand it to Aussie David Michôd. After “Animal Kingdom” the world was his oyster and he spent months in Hollywood looking at scripts and potential projects. But for a second act Michôd decided to take a bold left turn with “The Rover,” a dissonant, minimalist two-hander that feels literally scorched by the sun. For his post-economic-collapse picture, Michôd decided to only employ post-apocalyptic modes through mood, atmosphere, and music. While there’s some score by Antony Partos utilized, the bulk of the movie’s simmering, sinister musical tendencies are discordant and cacophonous source music by experimental and ambient composers the director chose (all of it listed here). There’s seminal avant-garde musician William Basinski (who might be experiencing a minor renaissance since he was used in “The Comedy” in 2013), Chicago post-rockers Tortoise, and Montreal-based saxophonist and multireedist Colin Stetson—a touring member of Arcade Fire, Bell Orchestre, and Bon Iver (he also wrote the underrated score for “Blue Caprice” along withSarah Neufeld from Arcade Fire). “The Rover” is not the most inviting or forgiving movie, but that’s the point (and of course a chipper Keri Hilsonsong briefly breaks the mood in a moment that’s both comical and yet heartbreaking). It’s a bleak, nihilistic look at the strange and unlikely partnership between a deceptively complex simpleton (Robert Pattinson) and callous, nearly inhuman man (Guy Pearce) who will stop at nothing to retrieve all that he has lost. And Michôd’s soundtrack is equally cruel, heartless, and unrelenting—in the best way.

 

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