'The Rover' Review Round-Up: Violence, Friendship & Robert Pattinson's US Accent (In Australia?)

Director David Michôd revels in dysfunction and no more so in his highly anticipated film, The Rover. Following the success of Animal Kingdom in 2010, a film which followed the true criminal antics of one family, The Rover takes dystopia a step further. Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson, as Eric and Rey, are forced to survive in a world on the brink of destruction where anarchy rules and weapons are essential for survival. 

The Rover
Guy Pearce as Eric in The Rover.

Pearce's character Eric has left the remnants of Western Civilisation behind and has chosen to live alone in the Australian outback. A criminal gang, including Pattinson's character Rey, steal a car from Eric. In the process Rey is injured and, after persuasion by Eric, the pair set out to find his brother and the stolen object.

Read More: Check Out Robert Pattinson's Southern Drawl in the Trailer for The Rover [Trailer + Pictures].

It certainly has the plot line. But, after such anticipation from the film industry, audiences and critics, has it lived up to the hype? Here's what the critics have to say:


One aspect of the film critics have universally commented on is the omnipresence of violence, which is evident throughout the gun shot pitted trailer. Dan Kois (Slate) emphasised the number of deaths present throughout The Rover, but also stated they were importance to the plot as opposed to merely being horrific for the sake of being bloodthirsty. Kois said "Blood is spilled, as is to be expected in a film that explores a world on the brink of ruin, but each death echoes through the story the way the hero's gunshots echo across the Outback." 

The Rover
In The Rover, society has collapsed, is anyone surprised guns not words are the weapon of choice?

Pattinson's Southern US Accent?

Hopefully R-Patz had been told the film was shooting in Australia and that it may have been a logical step to work on his AUSTRALIAN accent. Bizarrely, the former Twilight star has adopted a southern American twang for the role, something which critics - and the rest of us - have been slightly confused by. A.O. Scott (New York Times) wrote how Pattinson's character may not been as "dumb as he first appears" but that Pattinson's use of an accent ("Kentucky? Cajun? Tongue-Tied vampire?) has certainly ensured no one can really tell if the character truly has any depth.

Read More: Robert Pattinson Looks To Gain Respect With New Movie The Rover.

Robert Pattinson The RoverRobert Pattinson stars as Rey in The Rover.

A Buddy Comedy?

Set in a desert, The Rover is certainly atmospheric but there's not a massive amount of props with which the actors can play off. The film ultimately concerns the relationship between Pearce and Pattinson's characters which even includes some humorous asides. This evidently works because the pair are "blazing opposites" (Rolling Stone) but, on another level, "that heart is, when all else fails, a man's best friend." (Little White Lies). 

The Rover is released in the US on 20th June and in the UK on 15th August.

The Rover
The Rover revolves around Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson's characters. 


Tags: Robert Pattinson - Guy Pearce


More Robert Pattinson

The Rover Stretches Robert Pattinson

British actor Robert Pattinson was just 22 when he landed the role as Edward Cullen in Twilight, and he instantly became a global pin-up, named...

The Rover Movie Review

While this atmospheric Australian Outback thriller has plenty of edgy action, it's also meandering and arty, refusing to fill in the details until filmmaker David...

'Maps to the Stars' For NY Film Festival, But It's All About 'Foxcatcher'

David Cronenberg's Maps to the Stars is one of the more eye-catching movies announced for the 52nd New York Film Festival though the drama starring...

'Maps to the Stars': The Movie That Took 20 Years To Write [Trailer + Pictures]

Ok, so David Cronenberg's latest movie Maps to the Stars - which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May - will more than likely...


Maps To The Stars Trailer

Havana Segrand (Julianne Moore) is an actress struggling with her insecurities and desperate to reprise her late mother Clarice's star role in the remake of...

Kristen Stewart Reveals Why She Doesn't Smile For Photos

The star of films including On the Road and Snow White and the Huntsman, Kristen Stewart is often accused of being moody in the mainstream...

Robert Pattinson Talks Briefly About Kristen Stewart

Robert Pattinson has once again opened up about his relationship with ex-girlfriend Kristen Stewart.Robert Pattinson was interviewed by Esquire magazineIn an interview exclusive to Esquire...

Robert Pattinson Opens Up About Ex-Lover Kristen Stewart's Cheating Scandal: "Who Gives A SH-T?"

Shortly after starring in the hugely popular 'Twilight' film series, Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart began an off-camera romance together, and at the beginning, despite...



Robert Pattinson Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on Robert Pattinson

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All