Rocker Reviews

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    Eric B Super Reviewer
    Mar 06, 2013

    Apparently a cult classic in its homeland, "Rocker" could be charitably described as the German equivalent of "Easy Rider" or "The Harder They Come." The actors are amateurs and the script meanders, but "Rocker" does intriguingly capture the regional flavor of its time and place. Struggling to find a protagonist, the story focuses on different characters at different points but eventually settles upon a revenge scheme in which a pubescent boy recruits a fresh-from-prison biker to stalk some ridiculously coiffed lads who beat up and killed his car-stealing older brother. Director Klaus Lemke has little skill, and the acting is so weak that the boy even seems to break character and laugh during a few late scenes. Much of the budget probably went into the soundtrack, which includes choice songs from Led Zeppelin ("Rock and Roll"), Them ("It's All Over Now, Baby Blue"), Santana ("Black Magic Woman") and the Rolling Stones (three songs from Sticky Fingers). Some songs even appear more than once, presumably to milk maximum value from their licensing fees.

    Apparently a cult classic in its homeland, "Rocker" could be charitably described as the German equivalent of "Easy Rider" or "The Harder They Come." The actors are amateurs and the script meanders, but "Rocker" does intriguingly capture the regional flavor of its time and place. Struggling to find a protagonist, the story focuses on different characters at different points but eventually settles upon a revenge scheme in which a pubescent boy recruits a fresh-from-prison biker to stalk some ridiculously coiffed lads who beat up and killed his car-stealing older brother. Director Klaus Lemke has little skill, and the acting is so weak that the boy even seems to break character and laugh during a few late scenes. Much of the budget probably went into the soundtrack, which includes choice songs from Led Zeppelin ("Rock and Roll"), Them ("It's All Over Now, Baby Blue"), Santana ("Black Magic Woman") and the Rolling Stones (three songs from Sticky Fingers). Some songs even appear more than once, presumably to milk maximum value from their licensing fees.