• PG-13, 1 hr. 45 min.
  • Drama, Romance
  • Directed By:
    Niki Caro
    In Theaters:
    Jun 6, 2003 Limited
    On DVD:
    Oct 28, 2003
  • Palm Pictures

Critic Review - NYC Film Critic

I can honestly say that there is not a single plot point or character arc depicted here that I have not seen a thousand times before.

March 5, 2005 Full Review Source: NYC Film Critic | Comments (3)
NYC Film Critic

Comments

6oclockman

Michael Coy

You are right about this tale being received differently because of its setting. A story about the resurrection of a tribal leader who rode to the island on the back of a whale could not exactly be repeated in Europe or America. Yeah, that tired old cliche

THAT is the reason why people love this movie. It's fascinating. The tribe and it's traditions versus the community is fascinating. The Whale Tooth that is thrown overboard to be received is not a meaningless plot device. It is essential to the plot and keeps in with its story.

The acting is not amateurish. Amateurish in the way that it's not for the screen? Niki Caro does not need any visual flare for this movie. She has the whales, the New Zealand landscape, and Keisha Castle-Hughes.

But hey blah blah cliche blah. seen it. boring, right?

Dec 17 - 07:52 AM

Marek Pipi

Marek Pipi

so do have you seen a young female desperate to win her grandfathers heart risk her love to prove her leadership skills by ridng a whale out to sea????

May 9 - 04:35 PM

Justin Rush

Justin Rush

I can honestly say that there is not a single word or sentence depicted here that I have not seen a thousand times before. Worst review ever.

Jul 26 - 01:14 AM

Find us on:                     
Help | About | Jobs | Critics Submission | Press | API | Licensing | Mobile