Review: The Rocket

GRAEME TUCKETT
Last updated 11:56 08/03/2014
300: The Rocket

A scene from The Rocket.

Relevant offers

Film reviews

Movie Review: Handsome Devil - a "queer" rugby tale that deserves plenty of props Movie review: Raw is brutal and brilliant Film review: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 - loads of laughs but script lacks focus Movie review: Beyond the Known World - about the journey not the destination Movie Review: Raw - body horror at its finest Movie Review: Denial - the vibrant script saves it from being dry, depressing Movie Review: The Fate of the Furious - Ludacris isn't just the name of a cast member Movie Review: Smurfs: The Lost Village - Belgian favourites take to Trolling for new ideas Movie Review: Dance Academy - The Movie Movie Review: Dance Academy - a hugely enjoyable slice of teen drama

Every year there's a couple of films that make me want to blockade the multiplex, and shout at the queues to forget about what-ever over-produced under-souled rubbish they're about to pay for, and go see a complete gem instead.

A few years ago it was Beasts of The Southern Wild, last year it was The Act of Killing and Rust and Bone.

This year that film is The Rocket. 

The Rocket is set in Laos, in the present day, amid a broken family forced to move across a country still bruised and scarred by war.

The youngest son forms a plan of the most perfect insouciance: He will enter a legendarily dangerous local competition, and he will somehow redeem himself and his family by building a firework powerful enough to blow a hole in the sky.

This one's got everything; music, minefields, James Brown, stunning kids, sentiment, tragedy, and emotion by the bucketload. You'll love it. Just go, please.

Ad Feedback

- The Dominion Post

Comments

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content