MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 1,322 this week

The Rocket (2013)

7.4
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.4/10 from 2,092 users   Metascore: 72/100
Reviews: 18 user | 72 critic | 15 from Metacritic.com

A boy who is believed to bring bad luck to everyone around him leads his family and two new friends through Laos to find a new home. After a calamity-filled journey through a land scarred ... See full summary »

Director:

Writer:

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $3.99 on Amazon Instant Video

Related News

Curious bulks up slate
| IF.com.au
Australian films struggle in the Us
| IF.com.au

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 40 titles
created 30 Mar 2013
 
a list of 27 titles
created 25 Dec 2013
 
a list of 42 titles
created 21 Feb 2014
 
a list of 39 titles
created 16 Mar 2014
 
a list of 29 titles
created 4 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "The Rocket" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Rocket (2013)

The Rocket (2013) on IMDb 7.4/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Rocket.

User Polls

28 wins & 28 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Rithy Panh uses clay figures, archival footage, and his narration to recreate the atrocities Cambodia's Khmer Rouge committed between 1975 and 1979.

Director: Rithy Panh
Stars: Randal Douc, Jean-Baptiste Phou
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

The uncompromising Tony and Emmy Award-winner is showcased both on and off stage via rare archival footage and intimate cinema vérité.

Director: Chiemi Karasawa
Stars: Elaine Stritch, Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin
Biography | Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A story about Quebec's most famous hockey player, Maurice "The Rocket" Richard, focusing on the struggles of a French Canadian in the National Hockey League dominated by Anglophones.

Director: Charles Binamé
Stars: Roy Dupuis, Stephen McHattie, Julie LeBreton
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A place: Theresienstadt. A unique place of propaganda which Adolf Eichmann called the "model ghetto", designed to mislead the world and Jewish people regarding its real nature, to be the ... See full summary »

Director: Claude Lanzmann
Stars: Benjamin Murmelstein, Claude Lanzmann
Ilo Ilo (2013)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Singapore, late 90s. The friendship between the maid Teresa and young boy Jiale ignite the mother's jealousy, while the Asian recession hits the region.

Director: Anthony Chen
Stars: Yann Yann Yeo, Tian Wen Chen, Angeli Bayani
In Bloom (2013)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Set in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi in 1992. Friends Eka and Natia look to leave childhood behind as they ignore societal customs and work to escape their turbulent family lives.

Directors: Nana Ekvtimishvili, Simon Groß
Stars: Lika Babluani, Mariam Bokeria, Zurab Gogaladze
Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Three girls in 1980s Stockholm decide to form a punk band -- despite not having any instruments and being told by everyone that punk is dead.

Director: Lukas Moodysson
Stars: Mira Barkhammar, Mira Grosin, Liv LeMoyne
The Lunchbox (2013)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A mistaken delivery in Mumbai's famously efficient lunchbox delivery system connects a young housewife to an older man in the dusk of his life as they build a fantasy world together through notes in the lunchbox.

Director: Ritesh Batra
Stars: Irrfan Khan, Nimrat Kaur, Nawazuddin Siddiqui
Child's Pose (2013)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Seeing a way to reassert control over her adult son's life when he faces manslaughter charges, an affluent Romanian woman sets out on a campaign of emotional and social manipulation to keep... See full summary »

Director: Calin Peter Netzer
Stars: Luminita Gheorghiu, Bogdan Dumitrache, Natasa Raab
Gloria II (2013)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A story set in Santiago and centered on Gloria, a free-spirited older woman, and the realities of her whirlwind relationship with a former naval officer whom she meets out in the clubs.

Director: Sebastián Lelio
Stars: Paulina García, Sergio Hernández, Diego Fontecilla
Metro Manila (2013)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Seeking a brighter future in megacity Manila, Oscar Ramirez and his family flee their impoverished life in the rice fields of the northern Philippines. But the sweltering capital's bustling... See full summary »

Director: Sean Ellis
Stars: Jake Macapagal, John Arcilla, Althea Vega
I Am a King (2012)
Comedy | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Director: Kyu-sung Jang
Stars: Ji-hun Ju, Yun-shik Baek, Hie-bong Byeon
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Taitok (as Bunsri Yindi)
...
Mali
Karen ...
Baby Ahlo
Sitthiphon Disamoe ...
Chanthachone Latvongxay ...
Market Fish Seller
Sumrit Warin ...
Toma
Samnuan Sankote ...
Male Relocation Village Official
Jarunun Phantachat ...
Female Relocation Village Official
Walter Van Veenendaal ...
Angeo Dam Official
Yuttana Muenwaja ...
Angry Mob Leader
Chaleam Ratchaborntong ...
Thin Man
Wattana Klumkrong ...
Elderly Woman
Suthep Po-ngam ...
Purple (as Thep Phongam)
...
Kia
Sopheng Thammavong ...
Market Flower Seller
Edit

Storyline

A boy who is believed to bring bad luck to everyone around him leads his family and two new friends through Laos to find a new home. After a calamity-filled journey through a land scarred by the legacy of war, to prove he's not bad luck he builds a giant rocket to enter the most exciting and dangerous competition of the year: the Rocket Festival. Written by Red Lamp Films

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

two word title | See All (1) »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

|

Country:

| |

Language:

Release Date:

29 August 2013 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

Die Rakete  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

AUD 2,000,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Official submission of Australia to the Oscars 2014 best foreign language film category. See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Full of spirit and genuine warmth
1 October 2013 | by (Vancouver, B.C.) – See all my reviews

There have been some outstanding child performances this year including that of Tye Sheridan, Liam James, Kacey Mottet Klein, and others, but none better than little Sitthiphon Disamoe's in Kim Mordaunt's The Rocket. A hit at the Berlinale, The Rocket also took top prizes at the Tribeca Film Festival including the Best Narrative Feature, Audience Award, and the Best Actor award for Disamoe. An Australian, Laotian, and Thai co-production, the film can be accused of being formulaic, but it is so full of spirit and genuine warmth that it more than earns its audience appeal.

Shot in northern Laos, Mordaunt does not hesitate to remind of us of the legacy of American bombs dropped during the Vietnam War and still visible in the vegetation, nor does he flinch from depicting the reality of poverty and exploitation. In the film, Ahlo (Disamoe) is a ten-year-old full of high energy but burdened with having to prove that he is not the carrier of bad luck. Born in a small hut in a remote Laotian village, Ahlo is a twin whose sibling died during childbirth and whose grandmother Taitok (Bunsri Yindi) proclaimed that he was cursed from the outset. Sadly, distressing events in his young life seemed to give credence to the prophecy.

As their village was being torn down to make room for a dam, Ahlo (now ten-years-old) and his family are relocated to a shantytown that is worse than their former home; the boy's mother Mali (Alice Kaohavong) is involved in a tragic accident, and Ahlo's relationship with his father Toma (Sumrit Warin) becomes distant and strained. Feeling alone, he develops a friendship with Kia (Loungnam Kaosainam) a young girl whose family died from malaria, and who lives with her quirky "Uncle Purple," (Thep Phongam), a heavy drinker and ex-soldier who models himself after American singer James Brown.

After taking food from a holy place, Ahlo's attempt to return it causes serious problems for his family and they are forced to go on the road looking for a new home. When they stumble on an annual rocket festival where top prizes lure participants to build and launch the best rocket into the sky to beseech the sky gods to bring rain, Ahlo seizes the opportunity to bury his image as the carrier of bad luck. While The Rocket requires a suspension of disbelief, it is only a small possibility that you will leave the theater unmoved.


7 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
10 Million Lao Kip - what does that buy? keith-lofstrom
Such a beautiful film - catch it if you can!! spiral_static
Very kool pheen1
Name of Lao song matsflaaten
Discuss The Rocket (2013) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?