“I’ve always maintained that the pace of any film is never a deterrent. Unless, of course, the pace allows you to catch the movie red-handed in the act of manipulating your senses; in this case, it’s a completely different story, and also – in a lot of major places – a failure in the artistic attempt of filmmaking.
Slow films, however, have given me a fairly satisfactory experience more often than not, mostly because of the absolutely stunning atmospheric beauty around the film that I’ve suddenly been able to notice and imbibe in me, apart from the mostly wonderfully written characters. There’s almost always a certain flair directors of such films have with silence – and the way they’ve been able to utilize it as a weapon to their narratives. Thus alongwith director-screenwriter David Michôd’s second feature length drama film The Rover gaining wide release and a variety of positive reviews, there have also been some keenly unfavorable comparisons to such dystopia-driven films as Mad Max and – a reasonably closer kind to – Cormac McCarthy’s novel The Road (adapted into film by John Hillcoat). The problem with the aforementioned writers? The narrative gaps caused mostly by the drag in pace.
But this is exactly the kind of polarized reactions I heard of such meditative character studies as The American and Under the Skin – both of which I immensely appreciated. This in itself made me want to give the film a fair chance, ’cause you never know how far does the misunderstanding of a film go in the minds of others. Michôd, whose last film Animal Kingdom received unanimous critical acclaim, would probably have a certain set of expectations stacked against him too.
The question – that I wanted answered since I laid eyes on the film’s intriguing, premise-driven trailer – however, goes back to whether the film would win me over. Because I desperately wanted it to.“
– excerpt of the review by Ankit Ojha
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