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Prime Video Review – ‘Troop Zero’


After its premiere at Sundance Film Festival, in early 2019, Troop Zero went on to screen at a couple of American film festivals, until it premiered just recently on Amazon’s streaming service, Prime Video. It tells the story of a misfit girl in rural 1977 Georgia, who dreams of life in outer space. When a competition offers her a chance to be recorded on NASA’s Golden Record, she recruits a makeshift troop of Birdie Scouts, forging friendships that last a lifetime.

Bert & Bertie’s (pseudonym for director’s duo Katie Ellwood and Amber Templemore-Finlayson) feature film debut plays it very safe as a feel good film. There’s a few outbursts of pure heart, with an edge, but most of the story feels just a bit too familiar. It does have the benefit of being set in the ’70s in the deep South, where women’s rights and religion…

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