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Tracker (2011)

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Release Date: Aug 23, 2011 Wide

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Set in 1903, Tracker is a tense action thriller in which Arjan (Ray Winstone :44 Inch Chest, London Boulevard), a guerrilla survivor of the South African Boer War, lands in colonial New Zealand and is promised a huge bounty to capture Kereama (Temuera Morrison: The Green Lantern, Once Were Warriors), a Maori seafarer accused of killing a British soldier. What should be a simple job for Arjan, a master tracker, turns into a gripping and dangerous game of cat and mouse as Kereama repeatedly

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A relative lack of action, pared with simplistic message-movie sentiments, that hampers what in any other case is a solid movie.

May 16, 2011 Full Review Source: Flicks.co.nz
Flicks.co.nz

Ultimately, the drama's more satisfying than exciting, but it's a solid entertainment nonetheless.

May 5, 2011 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

What would Ray Winstone sound like if he did a South African accent? Answer: Exactly the same as he would if he was doing a London, Italian or Kathmandu accent. Like either a homicidal tuba or Muttley with a hangover.

April 30, 2011 Full Review Source: News of the World
News of the World

With Winstone in the lead you won't expect it to have the action power of Seraphim Falls, which starred Pierce Brosnan and Liam Neeson in 2006, but prepare to be surprised.

April 30, 2011 Full Review Source: Birmingham Mail
Birmingham Mail

There are echoes of classics like Hell In The Pacific in Tracker and the seesawing relationship between the two men is entertainingly handled, if repetitive, until some welcome 11th-hour twists in the plot.

April 29, 2011 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

Watching Temuera Morrison and Ray Winstone clash is every bit as electrifying as you'd expect, like a pair of roaring juggernauts colliding at 90mph.

April 29, 2011 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]
Daily Mirror [UK]

The scenery is glorious, but the movie's a hard slog all the same.

April 28, 2011 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

It's nothing special, and the pace lags as we admire the scenery, but the best moments have a thoughtful complexity reminiscent of Jimmy Stewart/Anthony Mann westerns, such as The Naked Spur.

April 28, 2011 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

[Winstone] is the main reason to watch Tracker, though the scenery comes a good second.

April 28, 2011 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

Would have looked comfortable on television.

April 27, 2011 Full Review Source: Financial Times
Financial Times

An interesting insight into an era rarely seen on film and an atmospheric showcase for Winstone and Morrison's talents - not to mention New Zealand's spectacular landscape.

April 26, 2011 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

An old-fashioned adventure yarn that tramps reassuringly through familiar terrain. At least the destination - not to mention the casting - is more interesting than the journey.

April 21, 2011 Full Review Source: Total Film
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Audience Reviews for Tracker

Say what you will about the long intrusive lines at customs these days, but you've probably never had a gun pulled on you like Arjan van Diemen(Ray Winstone) does when he tries to enter New Zealand from South Africa after the Boer War in 1903. And it has less to do with the rifle he is carrying than the long memories of the British soldiers he fought in a dirty war. Still, Major Carlysle(Gareth Reeves) allows him to enter the country, even providing a bit of work in using his tracking skills to find Kereama(Temuera Morrison), a Maori, unjustly accused of murder. The reward is 100 sovereigns alive, 25 sovereigns dead.

At first, "Tracker" might seem like a lot of other movies that have come before it with apparently Ray Winstone playing another one of his patented scary badasses. But as time goes on, his excellent performance uncovers previously unseen layers to his character.(And why nobody had thought of casting Winstone as a protagonist in a western before this, I have no idea.) Even Carlysle tries to do his best for everybody concerned. And while we have seen plenty of the beautiful New Zealand scenery before in "Lord of the Rings" and the bughouse "Top of the Lake," what we are exposed to here is the less familiar brutal history of not only that country, but also that of the Boer Wars, both involving people on the wrong end of the mighty British Empire.(I love van Diemen saying he traveled to New Zealand out of curiosity of the British.) All of which adds depth to this already thoughtful and compelling story. And on a very, very minor note, I would have preferred this movie be called "75 Sovereigns."
May 16, 2013
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Walter M.

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Good movie! Hard to understand accent a fee times. Beautiful cinematology
June 6, 2011
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