Violent but never gratuitous, emotionally powerful and never afraid to portray the ugly, destructive face of ignorance and prejudice, Romper Stomper excites, disturbs and boldly challenges the viewer. Its angry, raw story about a brutal, lawless group of skinheads is a savage kick in the guts. This is no simplistic street-gang film, but a rivetting portrayal of the hopelessness and blind hatred of youth that is both controversial and profound.
This is a brutal account of the rise of neo-nazism in a group of Australian skin heads whose hatred of oriental immigrants escalates to fever pitch. The acting is convincing, the plot real but just too brutally bleak and callously angry to be enjoyed. This is one to watch if you want to stress up to boiling point. Not remotely escapist.