Went into this not expecting much and left feeling so many emotions! Took me on an emotional roller coaster. Laughs, tears, sadness, love! I highly recommend this film. Luke Hemsworth was unreal and the child was great, can't wait to see future projects with him in them.
Reviewed by waltermwilliams7 / 10
What Walt's Watching
The title "Bosch & Rockit" may be misleading.
On one hand you might think this is a new fusion lettuce salad or a fancy electrical/farming appliance.
The reality is it's one of the best Aussie movies to feature the surf scene since Simon Bakers' "Breath" based on the Tim Winton best seller.
This drama was the star of the recent Gold Coast Film Festival and is set in the summer of 1990 along the New South Wales North Coast,
The eldest of the Hemsworth acting male siblings, Luke, plays "Bosch", a dead beat dad who despite everything loves his son "Rockit".
The son is cast with a fresh new Aussie actor Rasmus King in the role.
He's actually from Byron Bay and is a pro surfer who's used to the nomadic lifestyle he plays in this movie...it was almost made for him.
Dads a farmer, of sorts, and once his crop goes up in smoke (Cheech & Chong style) the pair flee the scene and take cover in Rasmus' birth place, Byron Bay.
Fun Fact: the Motel featured in this movie is actually in Brunswick Heads.
With crooked cop "Derek" played by "Blue Heelers" star Martin Sacks (he's been in a good paddock) hot on his heels the father and son manage to make NSW's thin blue line look like Keystone Cops.
Ironically Isabel Lucas as "Deb" plays "Boschs" lover.
In real life, Luke younger brother Chris "Thor" Hemsworth was an item with Lucas after starring in a movie together.
Families are complicated.
"Rockit" is a very naive young teen who believes his alcoholic mum (Leeanna Walsman as "Elizabeth") is coming back to their tight little family.
This is the same lad mercilessly bullied at school, who believes he is on a magical surf holiday and not on the run with his drug dealer dad.
Life is like a box of chocolates for "Rockit".
Watch out for: Up and coming stunning Aussie (triple threat) model, actress, dancer Savannah La Rain as "Rockits" blooming love interest "Ash Ash" and find out how her character got her name.
All of this heartfelt storyline is backed by an Aussie BBQ soundtrack that rocks harder than a Bunnings sausage sizzle.
Unfortunately the finale of this movie is it's Achilles heel.
At its core the film feels like it's just a showcase for Director & Story Writer Tyler Atkins' calling card into Hollywood.
Shame because the surf cinematography is stunning and Australia is the winner as the backdrop.
However I can't forgive a movie that doesn't have a conclusive ending.
All screenplays need a beginning, a middle and an end.
It's not rocket surgery.
Reviewed by Phil_M_A_Kerr10 / 10
Wow. Better than expected.
Read the What Walt's Watching review then add my bit:
I thought the ending was great. It was the right choice for a movie about a kid. His life is just opening up to him.
For those who've watched Point Break (the OG) & North Shore - movies with surfing in them have come a long way since editing goofy-footed stunt doubles into the action.