Trane is a decorated war hero just shipped home to the States from Afghanistan after the brutal murder of his wife and child back in Rockaway, Queens. Upon his return, Trane encounters his ... See full summary »
Trane is a decorated war hero just shipped home to the States from Afghanistan after the brutal murder of his wife and child back in Rockaway, Queens. Upon his return, Trane encounters his old friend Dave, who describes the new forces of crime and prostitution that have moved into their neighborhood and caused the destruction of his family. Replacing mourning with revenge, Trane vows to take down the whole network of lowlifes and mobsters involved in the murder of his family. While on his search for answers, Trane goes head-to-head with neighborhood gangster Juju and his entourage of pimps and thugs led by the volatile Antwan. Trane discovers his own sister, Cari, deeply entangled in the web of criminal deceit and endangered by his vengeful mission. He also encounters the cruelty of a Russian mob gang led by the shrewd and vicious Ivan. In order to carry out his revenge, Trane must walk the precarious path of crime and deception as he works his way, blow by blow, up the criminal food ... Written by
A.J. Del Cueto/Offhollywood Pictures
Riveting Movie with a great Oleg Taktarov performance.
"Rockaway" is not always an easy movie to watch. The brutality keeps coming, as the movie tells the story of a returning vet from Afghanistan who faces as much personal chaos in the States as he encountered at war. Nicholas Gonzalez plays Trane, the homecoming vet, whose wife and child were murdered in Rockaway when they got in the way of the local mob. The brutality is necessary, because the story (said to be truth based) can not take it easy on either the facts or its themes to be effective. Trane comes home to neighborhood warfare and economic desolation in an often overlooked pocket of America. One of his adversaries is a Russian mob enforcer played masterfully by Oleg Taktarov, depicting another Afghan vet who served in the Soviet Army. Taktarov's character Ivan is menacing, but the actor also makes him sympathetic as Ivan, like Trane, was psychologically and morally exhausted by war in the Middle East. Taktarov gets better with every role, and when he's on the screen, "Rockaway" delivers its messages with breathless impact.
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