Review: The Rocket

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

A scene from The Rocket.

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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.

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