The Dead Lands
Directed by Toa Fraser
Hongi - a Maori chieftain’s teenage son – must avenge his father’s murder in order to bring peace and honor to the souls of his loved ones after his tribe is slaughtered through an act of treachery. Vastly outnumbered by a band of villains, led by Wirepa, Hongi’s only hope is to pass through the feared and forbidden Dead Lands and forge an uneasy alliance with the mysterious “Warrior”, a ruthless fighter who has ruled the area for years.
A Maori chieftain’s teenage son must avenge his father’s murder in order to bring peace and honor to the souls of his loved ones after his tribe is slaughtered through an act of treachery.
Cast: James Rolleston, Lawrence Makoare, Te Kohe Tuhaka, Xavier Horan, George Henare
Good movie!! Lots of action and gore. Interesting storyline. Watch it you wont be dissapointed!
I really enjoyed this Movie
I started this movie with low exasperation’s by the end I was over joyed that I hung in there and will watch it again
First of all, thank you, SHUDDER, for daring to feature such a diverse range of films for your subscribers to choose from. I don't understand why people don't "get" this movie, but in a way I also do...If your range of film viewing is limited to certain genres and types of films, it leaves people ill-prepared to appreciate something set in a different time and place, with a different culture unlike yours. Even one simple viewing of a film like ONCE WERE WARRIORS would help a potential audience member gain some kind of understanding of Maori culture, beyond what Jason Momoa and Dwayne Johnson have helped introduce to the world-at-large. It also helps if you think of THE DEAD LANDS as the New Zealand version of tales about other indigenous tribes, like APOCALYPTO, KINGS OF THE SUN or LAST OF THE MOHICANS. And speaking of ONCE WERE, the celebrated star of that film, Rena Owen, also has a cameo here, as the Grandmother, and she's still amazing. The principal cast holds nothing back, the fight sequences are spectacular, as is the gorgeous NZ scenery (reminding us why Peter Jackson shot the LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy here). I was captivated and kept on the edge of my seat throughout. If you want something different, look no further that THE DEAD LANDS. Oh, yeah, and kudos galore to the filmmakers for ensuring that the subtitles were readable all the way through...not something you find in a lot of pictures told in another language.
Worth a watch. Great fights.