The Rover - Eric (Guy Pearce) and Rey (Robert Pattinson) ©2014 Rover Film Holdings

Ahead of its world premiere at Cannes next week the film makers, A24, have released this first clip from The Rover.

The clip has been titled God put a bullet in you. Check out this quietly powerful exchange between stars Robert Pattinson and Guy Pearce.

The Rover‘s Director, David Michod, has given a statement about his vision for the collapsed society which is the background to the story of Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson characters.

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The Rover – Director David Michod statement

[quote_box_left]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.

– David Michod[/quote_box_left]

Colin Davies

The editor of Film Review Online