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Top 200 Most Anticipated Films for 2014: #47. David Michôd’s The Rover

The Rover

Director: David Michôd
Writer(s): David Michôd
Producers: David Linde, David Michôd, Liz Watts
U.S. Distributor: a24
Cast: Guy Pearce, Robert Pattinson

It’s hard to not overpraise David Michôd. After all, the Aussie filmmaker’s debut, a blistering ensemble film displayed a poised skillset that instantly placed the filmmaker in the big leagues. It appears that much of the make-up in Animal Kingdom’s (men, guns, revenge and death) are knocking down the door of this sophomore film. Re-teaming with Edgerton (story department) and Pearce, and a Robert Pattison who appears to be a bankable choice for auteur filmmakers, this looks like a throwback to golden Ozploitation nuggets of yesteryear.

Gist: This is about a loner who tracks the gang who stole his car from a desolate town in the Australian outback with the forced assistance of a wounded guy left behind in the wake of the theft.

Release Date: Clearly the film is ready and should score a Main Comp berth at this year’s Cannes. Look for the a24 folks to release this a la The Bling Ring, shortly after the fest premiere.

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson's This Teacher (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022 he served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).


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