The Dead Lands (2014) Movie Review

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2014 | R | Action, Adventure
107 minutes /

User Score: 58/100

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The Dead Lands Review


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.

The Dead Lands (2014) is a New Zealand action movie that is 107 minutes long and was filmed in New Zealand. Director Toa Fraser (Naming Number Two (2006), My Talks with Dean Spanley (2008), River Queen (2005)) blew me away with his phenomenal skills. The locations/sets in New Zealand was beautiful and amazing. The movie does not contain many females and the very few that we see did not have huge roles in the movie.

The Dead Lands revolves around Hongi (James Rolleston - Boy (2010), The Dark Horse (2014), Frosty Man and the BMX Kid (2010)) who is the son of a chief in his village. Wirepa (Te Kohe Tuhaka - Stolen (2010), Shortland Street (1992), Sione’s 2: Unfinished Business (2012)) is a power hungry leader of a tribe near Hongi’s. Wirepa captured Hongi and used him to strike war and take over Hongi’s tribe. Hongi’s father is lost and vulnerable which leads Wirepa tribe to attack one late night and killed the majority of Hongi’s father’s tribe. Hongi escaped into the dark forest but Wirepa’s men is looking for him. Hongi asked a nearby monster-man, The Warrior ( Lawrence Makoare - The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003), The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013), Die Another Day (2002)) to help him avenge the death of his people. The Warrior helps Hongi and trains him to be a great warrior for his fight against Wirepa’s tribe. Who will win this battle? Is Hongi fierce enough to challenge Wirepa? Who is the young female and what role does she play in Hongi’s life?

The movie was very touching and emotional as I felt connected to Hongi and the journey he faces after the death of many people in his tribe. He was a young boy that did not know much and was seen as a tail to his father but had to grow up very fast after disaster hits. The movie was well written and introduces us to new weapons as well as a new village. The action scenes were fantastic but could have used a little more blood. Overall the movie was an excellent watch that I will recommend to all.

About The Dead Lands 2014

Title: The Dead Lands
Year: 2014
Runtime: 107 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Action, Adventure
Score: 4 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 2.9/5 stars from 12 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 12
MPAA Rating: R
Starring: Rena Owen, Lawrence Makoare, Xavier Horan, Tori Marsh, Wairangi Koopu, Jeremy Hollis, Jeff Ruha, Nooroa Poa, Stephen Grey, Kani Collier, Rob Kipa-Williams, Te Manahau Morrison, Mere Boynton, James Rolleston, Maria Walker, Te Kohe Tuhaka, Ria Paki, Taupunakohe Tocker, Raukura Turei, Thomas Kiwi, George Henare, Pana Hema Taylor, Antonio Te Maioha, Calvin Tuteao, Kimo Houltham, Jamus Webster, Ngarino Watt, Bianca Hyslop, Rob Williams, Isabella Rakete
Writers: Glenn Standring
Director: Toa Fraser