Premiered at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, ‘The Rover’ is Australian director David Michôd’s second feature film.
Starring British actor Robert Pattinson and Australia’s Guy Pearce, this post-apocalyptic road movie is set in the Australian desert, a decade after some unspecified cataclysm has turned the world into a mercenary no-man’s-land.
At the film’s Los Angeles premiere, Twilight heartthrob Pattinson posed for photos with fans.
The young actor also shed some light on his character in the movie: “‘The Rover’ is kind of, on the surface, quite a simple story about a guy who gets his car stolen. The guy – Guy Pearce’s character – gets his car stolen and wants to get it back and my character’s brother has stolen it. Guy (Pearce) kind of kidnaps me and we have this strange road trip to get his car back. But on the way he is trying to make me into a different person, in some ways trying to toughen me up and in other ways just trying to break me, and in doing that he kind of breaks himself a little bit,” he said.
Director David Michôd sets his film in a world in which morals have been pushed aside and society is riddled with crime and violence: “It was important to me, when I was writing the movie, that whatever this future is it feels entirely plausible. I wanted this thing to feel very much a product of the really strange and pernicious forces of greed that are bubbling around us today,” he said at the premiere in Los Angeles.
While the film has garnered mixed reviews, Pattinson’s acting has earnt him near-unanimous praise with one critic calling it a "career-redefining performance that reveals untold depths of sensitivity and feeling".
‘The Rover’ is out now in theatres worldwide.