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BOSCH & ROCKIT (OCEAN BOY) movie review – great indie coming of age movie

Director: Tyler Atkins
Starring: Luke Hemsworth, Rasmus King, and Isabel Lucas
Movie Length: 1 hour 46 minutes

Bosch & Rockit (title was changed from Ocean Boy) is a beautiful coming of age movie where you follow Rockit (played by Rasmus King) trying to find acceptance in himself while dealing with very dysfunctional parents and daily teen life issues.

The movie starts with a young Rockit surfing on Australian waves while his father Bosch (played by one of the many Hemsworth brothers, this time it’s Luke) is busy dealing drugs. Bosch being your typical 1970s looking father living in the mid-90s keeps getting into trouble with the authorities while constantly moving around the country and trying to lay low after the Australian wildfires destroy their home. He explains to young Rockit that they are just going on holiday (aka a vacation) to Byron Bay and nothing will change out of the ordinary.

Rockit of course being affected by the constant moving is somewhat of a rowdy teenager while Bosch tries to somewhat protect him from this sketchy work. Rockit meets a girl named Ash-Ash (played by Savannah La Rain) in the surf hotel they are currently living in and you can feel he has new hope in his life after being bullied in school and suddenly moving to a new city all together. 

Naturally Rockit and Ash-Ash become great friends and do normal teenager activities which brings a sense of normalcy into Rockit’s life finally.

Rockit and Bosch have several run ins with Bosch’s old associates who want him for monetary reasons so it does get a bit 90s crime movie-ish in the middle. The antics were cheesy but it helped move things along timeline story wise. 

After the run-ins Bosch sends his son to live with his deadbeat mother (played by Leeanna Walsman) who is a hopeless alcoholic romantic. Rockit is ecstatic to be with his mother finally but that like is quickly dimmed by her floosy demeanor when he was expecting her to be a solid anchor.

Timeline wise now a year has passed and Rockit is “old enough to get laid” (that line cracked me up!) and after having a normal life for what it’s worth his mother lies to him saying they’re going to visit his uncle only to be abandoned back with his father with a poorly written note and 200 dollars.

Rockit seems to be used to being practically abandoned by both parents, so he decides to just take on things himself and gets a local fishing job to earn money in order to help his dad clean up. At the same time he seems to be steady with Ash-Ash. The movie ends with a scene of Rockit and Bosch enjoying surfing.

The movie does an amazing job also showing the calm scenery of Australia, and showcasing the surfing quite nicely too. The terrific score and soundtrack also helps bring right you into the mood they were trying to set for the entire feature.

Overall I would have to say this is a great indie film that I would recommend for all to see and I’d give it a B+.

Rockit and Bosch is now in select theaters and available on demand via VOD services.


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