The opening title for this Australian action flick announces that it takes place "ten years after the collapse"—that's all the backstory the movie provides, but it's impressive for its ingenuity in suggesting, on a relatively low budget, a 21st century in which the world monetary system has disintegrated, leaving every man for himself. Guy Pearce, barely recognizable in matted hair, bushy beard, and scruffy clothes, plays a silent loner whose car is stolen by a trio of outlaws and who takes off in hot pursuit, his relentlessness unfathomable until the final scene. Along the way he passes roadside crucifixions and freight trains lettered in Chinese, mysterious signifiers of a dystopian future in which bombs figure less than bucks. David Michôd (Animal Kingdom) directed; with Robert Pattinson (Twilight).
Director: David Michôd
Producer: Liz Watts, David Linde, David Michôd, Tory Metzger, Adam Rymer, Vincent Sheehan, Anita Sheehan, Nina Stevenson, Glen Basner and Alison Cohen
Cast: Guy Pearce, Robert Pattinson, Scoot McNairy, David Field, Anthony Hayes, Gillian Jones, Susan Prior, Richard Green, Tawanda Manyimo and James Fallon