The Rocket (2018)


“Let me tell you something else. It takes a lot more than talent to be great at anything.” – Coach Keith Olsen

Number of Times Seen – 1 (2 Nov 2020)

Brief Synopsis – An aspiring football player is injured off the field and must try and find a way to live his life without the sport.

My Take on it – This is a film that I came across by accident and was intrigued by the premise.

The fact that it was based in a true story also made me want to see what it was all about.

They do a nice job telling this inspirational story that doesn’t feel dragged out at all.

The low budget look and feel of things mostly is helpful in telling this story despite a few instances where it is quite noticeable especially when some of the character deliver their lines in a very wooden way.

They still find ways to tell this powerful and poignant story in a realistic and feasible manner.

The film’s cast is mostly fine and Brady Tutton does a nice job in the title role.

Richard Blake is also great as the inspirational running coach who helps out his character.

Blake also wrote and directed this film and makes us really believe in the characters and the message of the film about persevering and never giving up.

The sport of cross country racing is a sport with some unique rules and this film does a nice job explaining them in a very eye opening fashion.

Bottom Line -Very inspiring film that works quite well. The low production budget is apparent in certain scenes and with some of the wooden acting, but overall, they still are able to get the powerful and poignant message across regardless. The cats is almost entirely unknown, but Tutton does a nice job in the title role. Blake is wonderful as the inspirational cross country coach and is able to make the story feel even more realistic and believable through his additional jobs as writer and director.  The fact that this is based on a real story helps make things feel even more powerful to watch unfold.  They do a wonderful job explaining the unique rules of this sport which were quite eye opening to learn. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Writer/Director Richard Blake turned in a hand written version of the script (then titled “I Can Run”) to a screenplay competition in Chicago when he was just 17 years old winning first place and a five thousand dollar prize. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)

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