Ever thought that the dystopia depicted in
a film just wasn’t realistic? Just didn’t make any sense? Was simply exploitative sensationalist jibber
jabber with no connection to anything? Have no fear. A24 has to come to rescue to describe and explain in
excruciating detail why the projected world in David Michod’s upcoming film, “The Rover,” is spot on.
Relaunching the film’s official website today, A24 and
Column Five Media have collaborated to create a pretty cool online interactive
experience: The site offers in-depth analysis of all the events that will lead from the present to a world where Robert Pattinson and Guy Pearce run around the
Australian dessert tracking gangs and no-gooders. Covering almost every single pressing
issue in world politics, from inequality to global warming to AIDS to cryptocurrencies
to oil spills, the “Timeline of the Collapse” is pretty exhausting
but certainly makes one think.
There’s also a “Remapping of the Future,” that
outlines the global economic and demographic landscape ten years after a great
Western economic collapse. The USA’s not looking too flash (GDP per capita
dropping from $51,749 to $12,231) but neither is anywhere else, so you probably
don’t have rush off anywhere too quick. Just take a breath and keep on reading.
Michod’s film comes out in theaters in New York and Los Angeles on the 13th, and nationwide on the 20th. It
premiered earlier this year at Cannes to relatively mixed reviews. Eric Kohn
wrote: “It culminates in an abrupt
exchange of gunfire, but the meager payoff after such a blandly prolonged
buildup can’t compete.”