The Dead Lands
Director: Toa Fraser
Writer: Glenn Standring
Cast: James Rolleston, Lawrence Makoare, Te Kohe Tuhaka, Xavier Horan, Raukura Turei, George Henare, Rena Owen
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 01.05.2015
[Reviews by cornholio and Maynard.]
Hongi (James Rolleston) lives with his tribe in the rainforest of New Zealand. When representatives of a neighboring tribe led by Wirepa (Te Kohe Tuhaka) come to visit a shared holy site and pay respects to their ancestors, Hongi witnesses how Wirepa defiles that site, but then tries to blame it on Hongi and his people. Hongi’s account is enough to avoid all-out war, but it doesn’t keep from Wirepa returning and slaughtering Hongi’s entire tribe anyway. Hongi manages to escape and heads deep into the woods, to find the infamous Warrior (Lawrence Makoare) to be able to take his revenge on Wirepa.
I was really looking forward to this film (in fact, S. and I joked about the fact that this was probably the chick flick of this spring /slash – with all those half-naked, tattooed guys running around), but I was a little disappointed – apart from the cool and unusual setting, the film had very little to offer.