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Rover, The (15)

Crime, Drama

10 years after a global economic collapse, a hardened loner pursues the men who stole his only possession, his car. Along the way, he captures one of the thieves' brother, and the duo form an uneasy bond during the dangerous journey.

The critical consensus

Robert Pattinson proves his acting chops in David Michod's mysterious follow-up to Animal Kingdom – it's just a shame it squanders its early promise.

**(*)(*)(*)Tom Shone, The Guardian, 11/06/2014

Immersive but meandering, Michôd’s latest features great performances and gorgeous film craft, but its pleasures are elusive, and if you can’t find them in the scenery or the score, you might not find them at all.

***(*)(*)Matt Glasby, Total Film, 11/08/2014

This would have been a striking calling card, and it’s still an impressively solid piece of genre filmmaking with great cinematography and score. But there’s not much here of the ambition of Animal Kingdom, leaving Michôd in ‘difficult third movie’ territory. Let’s hope he gets a move on this time.

***(*)(*)Adam Smith, Empire Online, 11/08/2014

Dark and meaty with a insidious sense of impending doom — Michôd has scaled-up in all departments. Bring on the next one.

****(*)David Jenkins, Little White Lies, 13/08/2014

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General release. Check local listings for show times.

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