Ricky Baker has been raised in foster care and he gets a new placement in the New Zealand countryside. Ricky has a reputation for getting into trouble but he starts to like it here. Aunt Bella really loves him and he can get along with Uncle Hec even though he doesn’t say much. As a birthday surprise, Ricky gets a dog of his own and that’s a great gift for him. Unfortunately, circumstances change and the authorities come to remove Ricky from this home. Ricky disides that this isn’t going to happen and he goes on the run in the bush country. Uncle Hec knows Ricky will need help in the bush so he goes out to track him.
The people are different and the story is different in this film. Uncle Hec and Ricky are like oil and water but they decide to get along. There is a reward for Ricky and many people are out looking for him. Uncle Hec and Ricky are thinking of this only as an adventure. Sometimes a person has had hard luck and sometimes this starts to turn around. There are a lot of funny moments!! 3 ½* (I liked this movie)
101 min, Adventure directed by Taika Waititi with Sam Neill, Julian Dennison, Rima Te Wiata, Rachel House, Tioreore Ngatai-Melbourne, Oscar Knightley, Stan Walker, Mike Minogue, Cohen Holloway.
Note: Imdb 7.9 out of 10, 97% critic 91% audience on Rotten Tomatoes, Roger Ebert 3 ½*, Amazon 4.7* out of 5* with 1004 reviews.
Special Note: Filmed Nanawatu-Wanganui, Auckland, Central Plateau, Puhoi, Coromandel, New Zealand. Waititi also directed Eagle Vs Shark, Boy and What We Do in the Shadows.