The Rocket Reviews
October 23, 2014
As much as people disparage the Red states, the level of superstition and mysticism left in the world is at times mind-boggling, as evidenced through the culture depicted. Made me want to slap the grandmother every time she derided her grandson for such stupid reasons. Otherwise, an uplifting movie (besides the death and abject poverty). Well done film from a child's perspective. After watching the trials the boys went through in October Sky, I find the rocket scenes a little unbelievable (that the boy got it right the first time, without any metallurgy or precise chemical recipes for the rocket fuel), but it's possible to overlook such matters.
April 29, 2014
Or Is This The First Thai Movie I've Seen?
A sweet and inspiring film about a young boy trying to overcome his past and earn his own place in society and his father's heart. It's incredibly endearing, and a film that will warm your heart if you let it. I definitely wasn't aware of what to expect, but the film balances both dark and unexpected twists with more conventional storytelling techniques. It's worth your time.
November 19, 2013
Gorgeous lyrical style and pace relays the tale forced relocation of simple Lao villagers by Western industrialists. Absolutely endearing film that captures your heart while you cheer on these amazing child actors towards victory, survival and happiness. Gorgeous lyrical style and pace relays the tale forced relocation of simple Lao villagers by Western industrialists. two little child actors are something else. Amazing Oscar contenders this year in foreign language category.
The Rocket is so incredibly charming. The story seems to be a bit of a contrived fantasy from an Australian filmmaker who whitewashes the stark realities of villagers being forcibly relocated to make way for American entrepreneurial industrialists, but one can't deny the charm of hoping and rooting for a happy Hollywood ending for the two young child actors who were simply incredible.
December 10, 2014
It's a tad too inspiring, but The Rocket features some fantastic directing and cinematography held aloft by a near perfect child performance by the lead actor.
August 30, 2014
"Its not ones birth star decides whether he is lucky or unlucky, its his inspiring deed that decide whether he is lucky to others or not'' well, luck is just an unpredictable phenomena, its not something that to be imposed on the basis of time or situation.
2013's Australian's Lao movie ''The Rocket'' neatly narrates the story of a boy by the name Ahlo who was fist believed to be the curse to their family later turn out to be an actual lucky champ to the entire village, this movie is about the tribal family who migrate in search for the permanent settlement but faces various problems due to Ahlo's mischief, the entire thing turns around when Ahlo shows an interest to participate in a traditional rocket competition to score a prize money for his family settlement, but entire family disapprove his intention of participating in the competition because of his bad luck, in such situation Ahlo's only hope was his friend 'Purple' who helps him in building a rocket for the competition, villagers believed that the rocket which goes high in the air explodes the cloud and brings rain, Ahlo's strong dedication and hope makes him the winner of that competition and at last his rocket brings rain to the village, thus Ahlo turn to be the lucky one.
The way the movie had been taken is so fantastic, entire making is fine and neat, those little artists are just mind blowing, this film has come very well with great realistic performance by the entire cast, irony, emotion are properly mixed and presented together, it's an awesome work with some little mega-mini talents.
July 14, 2014
A heartening tale of traditional belief against he backdrop of exploitation by conglomerate. Excellent acting from the young stars.
July 12, 2014
So many political and social issues are combined to formulate the plot of this otherwise simple story film. It entertains, and it provides some interesting insights into life in Laos. Watch it with that in mind.
May 19, 2014
Award Category Subject Result
(3rd) Best Film Sylvia Wilczynski Nominated
Best Direction Kim Mordaunt Nominated
Best Original Screenplay Won
Best Actor Sitthiphon Disamoe Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Suthep Po-ngam Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Alice Keohavong Nominated
Best Cinematography Andrew Commis Nominated
Best Editing Nick Meyers Nominated
Best Original Music Score Caitlin Yeo Nominated
Best Sound Sam Petty Nominated
Brooke Trezise Nominated
Nick Emond Nominated
Sam Hayward Nominated
Yulia Akerholt Nominated
Best Production Design Pete Baxter Nominated
Best Costume Design Woranun Pueakpun Nominated
Sylvia Wilczynski Nominated
Tribeca Film Festival Audience Award Best Narrative Feature Kim Mordaunt Won
Best Actor in a Narrative Feature Film Sitthiphon Disamoe Won
June 30, 2014
The Rocket tells an incredible story that I am grateful for having heard it. Yet, I can't help but think that I would have taken as much away from reading a geographical essay on the topic.
June 29, 2014
The Rocket [Australia-Laos, 2014] Behind all the fun and drama is a cryptic Laotian tradition. 7/10
January 10, 2014
An eye-opener into a world we've rarely seen. It's also a moving exploration about the triumph of the will over parochial beliefs...
May 27, 2014
'A simple but charming, affecting and thought-provoking story, rich in atmosphere and local history, and beautifully acted by its young leads.'
May 24, 2014
I enjoyed this one a lot.
May 18, 2014
Brilliantly done, weaving folklore with social reminder of the harrowing legacy America left in Laos. Some wonderful acting from the child prodigies in this film and of course, Uncle Purple as the Asian James Brown!!
May 16, 2014
This Australian-financed film is the first film I have ever seen shot in Laos in the Lao language and while it is rather rudimentary in filming technique, has a rather simple story and an all-too-convenient ending (for the most part) the film is a charmer and it kept my interest. Ahlo is born a twin although his sibling doesn't survive the birth and in some Lao cultures twins are believed to be some sort of wicked omen as one is "blessed" and one is "cursed". After a series of other misfortunes follow his family, it is made clear to the boy that he is a "curse" upon the family ... although the boy believes differently. To prove his worth to the family and prove he isn't a cursed being, he decides to enter a local rocket contest and try his hand at building the most magnificent rocket at the festival. What could possibly go wrong with this boy handling explosives? The Rocket has both tears and smiles and two of the cutest child actors -- the other playing his young friend Kia -- I have seen onscreen in years. We live in a big world and complaints about one's latest iPhone are shockingly sad.
December 28, 2013
Filmas nukelia i?rovus ? Laoso kalnus, parodant gamtos gro? bei vietines tradicijas. Turb?t galima sakyti klasikin? ir paprasta istorija papasakota neprastai, nes reisierius sugeb?jo parodyti kult?rines tradicijas realiose dabartinio pasaulio situacijose.
viesus, su geru humoru ir tik?jimo kupinas filmas. Kol kas tai mano geriausias matytas filmas i? met? KP
March 20, 2014
Ambition & effort win fate. Beautifully crafted tale with exotic scenario. No doubt on 100% fresh on RT from all critics. Screening now only 1 cinema in Bangkok, House RCA
March 5, 2014
Lots of good stuff including beautiful scenery, a casually and frankly dangerous world, the quirky "Uncle Purple," and winning child actors. The movie doesn't quite gel into something that transcends the quality of the individual aspects and brings them into a greater whole, but there's still plenty to like.
March 2, 2014
If you get a chance to go this, you should. It's a an uplifting movie set in a very different environment. Beautifully done.