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Dead Lands, The (15)


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 critical consensus

Neatly balances a folkloric coming-of-age tale with violent action thrills.

****(*)Damon Wise, Empire Online, 25/05/2015

Although undoubtedly a worthy piece of indigenous action cinema – and how often can you say that? – The Dead Lands still feels like a haka without end.

***(*)(*)Matt Glasby, The List, 25/05/2015

Survivors of a tribal massacre evade their pursuers, but end up in an underwelming game of hide and seek.

**(*)(*)(*)Mike McCahill, The Guardian, 28/05/2015

Wordy dialogue coupled with bloodthirsty warrior action make this subtitled Maori-language adventure a tough sell.

**(*)(*)(*)Jonathan Romney, The Observer, 31/05/2015

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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