The Dead Lands

April 17th, 2015


The Dead Lands

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After his tribe is slaughtered through an act of treachery, the teenage son of a slain Maori chieftain looks to avenge his father's murder and bring peace and honor to the souls of his loved ones.

Release Year: 2014

Rating: 6.5/10 (832 voted)

Critic's Score: /100

Director: Toa Fraser

Stars: James Rolleston, Lawrence Makoare, Te Kohe Tuhaka

After his tribe is slaughtered through an act of treachery, 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. Vastly outnumbered by a band of villains, 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.

James Rolleston - Hongi
Lawrence Makoare - The Warrior
Te Kohe Tuhaka - Wirepa
Xavier Horan - Rangi
Raukura Turei - Mehe
George Henare - Tane
Rena Owen - Grandmother
Pana Hema Taylor - Mana
Calvin Tuteao - Ka
Jamus Webster - Tahi
Bianca Hyslop - Pipi
Isabella Rakete - Keri
Matariki Whatarau - Tama
Wairangi Koopu - Raupatu
Jeff Ruha - Mere

Taglines: Where the warrior spirit was born


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Country: New Zealand, UK

Language: Maori

Release Date: 17 April 2015

Filming Locations: New Zealand

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User Review


Rating: 8/10

This film delivers on the trailer's promise of an out of the box, skull crushing, action epic. It begins as a basic fable, but gains complexity as the story unfolds, all while hitting frequent action beats. The warrior's character in particular is more than a typical anti-hero, having far more of the "anti" than a Hollywood archetype.

I came for stylish brutality and badass fights, and this film delivers on both counts. As a martial arts film fan, I found the use of traditional Mauri weapons a fresh take on the genre. The choreography also holds up to a Hong Kong standard, but with a unique and brutal feel. All in all, it's a very memorable action epic. More than worth your time.


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