Average Rating: 6/10
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Release Date: Aug 23, 2011 Wide
Average Rating: 3.2/5
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A pair of adversaries develop a wary respect in this period drama from director Ian Sharp. In 1902, Kereama (Temeura Morrison), a Maori sailor, is wrongfully accused of murdering a British soldier, and a significant bounty is offered for his capture. Arjan (Ray Winstone), an expert tracker and a veteran of the Boer War, arrives in New Zealand in hopes of capturing Kereama and collecting the reward. Arjan is of Dutch ancestry and fought against the British, so there's no love lost between him and
Aug 23, 2011 Wide
Aug 23, 2011
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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.
Ultimately, the drama's more satisfying than exciting, but it's a solid entertainment nonetheless.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
[Winstone] is the main reason to watch Tracker, though the scenery comes a good second.
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.
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