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The Rocket Reviews

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March 6, 2016
After a tragic death in the family, a young boy's grandma finally has the excuse to blame him for everything. It's a struggle to defeat his own doubts as everyone else's.
½ February 8, 2016
what a nice, intelligent movie
½ October 24, 2015
A bit contrived but well done. Told a good story in a short time.
½ September 14, 2015
"Feel-good" is not really the way I would describe this dramatic film of impoverished people in the far-off Eastern country of Laos. It's a film filled with hardships, loss and the desperation of simply wanting to belong. Yes, it was a very good film but the only real 'feel-good' moment comes from its finale. Overall, a solid film but far too heavy for what I would consider feel-good.
July 25, 2015
I found this to be fascinating and heartwarming look into the life of a small tribal farming family in rural Laos who are uprooted by the Communist government and sent to live in a slum surrounded by bombs and landmines left by the Americans during the Vietnam War. They find the only hope of having a farm again is to win the prize money of a rocket building contest.
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This movie has one of the best unintentionally funny lines ever when the grandmother says "if you can build a bong you can build a rocket."

Do not be put off by the "foreign language" tag because the dialog is simple and easy to follow.
June 6, 2015
Decent. It's not charming or riveting enough to be noteworthy. Good ending.
½ April 12, 2015
Full of feeling, we instantly empathise with the characters. A great story, with a feel good ending.
February 17, 2015
This Laos set effort balances crowdpleasing fantasy with a rich sense of place, and mostly pulls that tricky balancing act off. Australian director Kim Mordaunt was a former documentarian who spent a lot of time in Laos, and the film significantly benefits from someone so intimate with the country - the setting is one of tradition, natural beauty, superstition, corruption, class conflict (ironic for a Communist state) and dangerous unexploded bombs left over from 20th century wars. It has an affection for its characters, but features a bittersweet realism lacking in a couple of other comparable efforts (Slumdog Millionaire, say). The tale itself - the journey of a young boy trying to shake off his grandmother's claim that he's cursed - does have a fantastical feelgood vibe, but it's more justified given the complex and at times quite provocative film that surround it. A happy ending feels more 'earned' when the preceding narrative is one haunted by death and complex social contexts. It does come across as quite unevenly paced at times, and there's not a whole lot to any of the characters (performances are strong). Or indeed the main story: you've seen it before - most recently, it's reminiscent of Beasts of the Southern Wild and The Selfish Giant (that particularly packs a greater punch). But above all it's refreshing to see generally unexplored cultures and settings portrayed so vividly on the big screen, and with a documentarian's eye ensuring it isn't bogged down by the often troubling shortcuts many Western filmmakers take when dealing with 'exotic' locales.
January 29, 2015
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B-
½ December 28, 2014
While it runs into problems of being predictable at times, and suffers from having a story that is told quite often, The Rocket captives us with the strong character of it's protagonist, Ahlo and appeals to our sense of justice. It's a beautiful story of overcoming the parts of us that deep down we all dislike, but always seems to stay with us.
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.
½ 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.
September 22, 2014
A one of a kind gem! Don't miss it!
September 4, 2014
I guess this little gem took me by surprize. Never read much about it, never saw the trailer, but I saw it got a whole lot of awards.

A very imaginative plot it's about a boy from Laos that everyone thinks is nothing but trouble. He and his family lives in a simple environment to say least. They need to get a move on and they never stay in the same place for long. This is also a vital part of the film. It never stands still. Moments come up, old moments are cared for - this is taking a whole lot of depth and content - at it does so brilliantly.

Cool characters and amazing child acting from very charming kids. it got a realistic feel, but not a documentary groove. It's a visual, intense and beautiful story with several moments that will make you smile. It's almost a great film for kids as well, it's just a little too raw at times. A warm and very cultural film with an anstonishing climax.

8.5 out of 10 bats.
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.
½ August 26, 2014
A well crafted feel good movie. The young Laotian leads are excellent.
½ August 24, 2014
charming, but not very,,
August 23, 2014
I am going to pass on this one for now.
August 14, 2014
Great film set in Laos, covering uxo, economic and social perspective on a general but interesting way. Decent narrative arc and a suitable ending.
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