David Michod's thriller The Rover
made it onto our list of hotly anticipated films for 2014 for good reason. Michod had already made an impression on us with Animal Kingdom
. Then he added stalwart actor Guy Pearce to the mix. And Robert Pattinson continues to shake off the remains of that other franchise and looks impressive in this as well.
will debut at Cannes very soon and there is a new clip to share with you, as well as a new poster. Below is a statement Michod gave to Indiewire today. Call it a summary of the theme and story in his new film. Cannot wait to see it.
"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 resource-rich Third World country. This is the violence and unrest of contemporary Sierra Leone or the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
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."
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