“The Dead Lands” is a 2014 film from New Zealand, Australia. It is directed by Toa Fraser, and was selected as the New Zealand entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 87th Academy Awards, but was not nominated. The film is about Hongi, the teenage son of a Maori chief (chief of their tribe). He witnesses an act of disgrace upon their ancestor’s bones, done by a villain called Wirepa, son of a rivalry tribe. Wirepa blames it all on Hongi, but his faher, the Maori chief does not believe Wirepa, and a war between the two tribes start.
Now, this is not a movie I would see by my own initative, as it is not my type of film. That being said, I was pleasantly surprised by its quality. I have never been to a film festival before (kind of a disgrace, as I am a complete movie dork). This movie was of very good quality and did not look cheap at all! The theatre was also packed with people. Some even had to stand, so it was a popular movie to see for the local hawaiians and movie buffs.
However, I do not like films that are brutal and about war. And this film was very brutal, bloody and all about the war between the two tribes. That personally made it bad, but I am glad I got to see a movie that was the complete opposite of something I would watch otherwise. I would give the movie a 6 out of 10.