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First trailer for thriller The Rover with Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson

01.29.2014
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The first teaser trailer for the David Michôd Aussie thriller THE ROVER has arrived. Starring Guy Pearce, Robert Pattinson, and Scoot McNairy, the "MAD MAX-esque" thriller is scripted by Michôd and actor Joel Edgerton who previously worked together on the crime pic ANIMAL KINGDOM, which has gained a bit of a cult following of late, building the anticipation of THE ROVER that much more. From the looks of it, the film will likely gather a similar following if it delivers on what may be a cool, gritty thriller.

Take a look:

Here's the synopsis:

A loner 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.

I've yet to see ANIMAL KINGDOM, but it's on my list. Pearce is always watchable and the post-apocalyptic setting should add a nice layer of tension. Most eyes will be on Pattinson to see if he's shed his TWILIGHT persona in favor of something more appealing to mass audiences. After a decent turn in David Cronenberg's COSMOPOLIS, this could very well be the film that helps distance him from the stigma of the tween franchise and put him on a new path. We'll see.

THE ROVER starts roving into theaters summer 2014 (no exact date set yet).

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3:34PM on 01/29/2014
That looked awesome. Really looking forward to checking this out!
That looked awesome. Really looking forward to checking this out!
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2:18PM on 01/29/2014

Animal Kingdom is not a cult film.

I question where you came up with that term applying to this film. I know you haven't seen it but it is definitely not a "cult" movie or the kind of movie that would incur a cult following (and I'm not saying it's a bad thing to be a cult film, just that Animal Kingdom is not one) - examples of movies with cult followings would be Rocky Horror Picture Show, The Room, many midnight movies, often movies you can cheer at, quote lines at the screen, make costumes from, glorify exploitative elements
I question where you came up with that term applying to this film. I know you haven't seen it but it is definitely not a "cult" movie or the kind of movie that would incur a cult following (and I'm not saying it's a bad thing to be a cult film, just that Animal Kingdom is not one) - examples of movies with cult followings would be Rocky Horror Picture Show, The Room, many midnight movies, often movies you can cheer at, quote lines at the screen, make costumes from, glorify exploitative elements (whether violent or sexual - again I don't mean this in a negative way) or else are simply just very weird or off the beaten track.

Animal Kingdom is absolutely zero of those things. It is directed with an incredible amount of control (I feel like stylistically he and Denis Villeneuve have a lot in common) but in a conventional narrative form and is a serious, slow, and gritty crime drama. It would surely be frowned upon if people started shouting out quotes during this film. The violence in this movie is horrifying and not in a "let's milk it for fun" kind of way but in a "this is horrifyingly senseless" kind of way.

You should absolutely make it a priority to watch it.

The Rover looks like it has every bit of the style that Animal Kingdom did and I could not be more excited to see it.
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2:40PM on 01/29/2014
My application of "cult" here applies to the film being mostly unseen by mainstream audiences and it having a rabid fanbase by those that have. Unfortunately, I haven't seen it yet, but the enthusiasm from those that have, yourself included, makes it sound very "cult-ish" (and I mean that in a good way). I look forward to seeing it for myself and will take your recommendation to prioritize.

Thanks for the feedback!
My application of "cult" here applies to the film being mostly unseen by mainstream audiences and it having a rabid fanbase by those that have. Unfortunately, I haven't seen it yet, but the enthusiasm from those that have, yourself included, makes it sound very "cult-ish" (and I mean that in a good way). I look forward to seeing it for myself and will take your recommendation to prioritize.

Thanks for the feedback!
3:03PM on 01/29/2014
Thanks for the reply Paul,

I would argue though just because a film is underseen and loved by those who have seen it, doesn't make it a cult film or else the majority of well-received foreign films or documentaries, for example, could be considered films with cult followings.

I'm sure it's slowly gaining a following (and by that, I just mean people who saw and dug it a lot), but that doesn't make it a cult following, if you get my meaning. There's lots of people who dig this film
Thanks for the reply Paul,

I would argue though just because a film is underseen and loved by those who have seen it, doesn't make it a cult film or else the majority of well-received foreign films or documentaries, for example, could be considered films with cult followings.

I'm sure it's slowly gaining a following (and by that, I just mean people who saw and dug it a lot), but that doesn't make it a cult following, if you get my meaning. There's lots of people who dig this film certainly but they don't quote it endlessly, they don't wear costumes with it, they don't watch it several times cheering and shouting out favourite lines, they don't go out of their way to smoke a bowl and watch it (well, unless you have the inclination to do that for movies in general).

Cult followings refer to something very specific - it's a type of interaction fans have with the film - but the film itself usually has to supply something for those interactions to occur. Animal Kingdom is a movie that supplies none of those elements that could possibly turn it into a cult film or gather a cult following.

As comparisons, I'm going to throw out movies like You Can Count on Me, Little Children, In the Bedroom, Mean Creek, or even Villeneuve's Incendies or Prisoners or Fincher's Zodiac. Also somewhat underseen films that a small group of people really loved but surely no one has ever considered any of those movies to have a cult following. If that's the case, the term cult following would apply to more movies than it wouldn't - which is kind of oxymoronic to the idea of a "cult film".

This is starting to get off-topic hahah but it is an interesting discussion to be had because personally, I feel like the term cult film or cult following is increasingly being used in ways that make it more and more meaningless.

Regardless, I'm glad you will try to see Animal Kingdom sooner than later. I think you will be very impressed.
4:23PM on 01/29/2014
Agreed the terms "cult" and "instant classic" are so overused these days and rarely warranted. Niche is probably a better word to use for this kind of film.
Agreed the terms "cult" and "instant classic" are so overused these days and rarely warranted. Niche is probably a better word to use for this kind of film.
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