The Dead Lands Reviews

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January 21, 2020
The Dead Lands is a journey...one that the majority of American audiences will be introduced to for the first time. While this is a Māori story, it's one that will have quickly fans from genre lovers all backgrounds with its mythology, action...
June 6, 2019
It's the same old ride, just packaged in a more interesting way, and for that reason The Dead Lands can only offer minor pleasures.
April 5, 2019
The bruises and path may be familiar, but The Dead Lands does enough to seem fresh and grips throughout.
May 23, 2016
It's in te reo but The Dead Lands never feels like it's trying too hard to say anything important. All the same, it may well become a very important film.
May 20, 2016
It certainly makes viewers reluctant to hassle anyone carrying a patu with authority, which is something the film can hang its hat on.
May 12, 2016
Situating death as the catalyst to action whereby legends, apparitions and spirits mobilize the command to vengeance, Fraser's narrative teems and trounces with relentless bloodshed, slaughter, violence and gore.
January 5, 2016
Seldom have I seen a more foreign film than this one. This is a story set, not only in a language, Te Reo, totally separate from Indo-European languages, but in a very different time and culture, as well.
December 24, 2015
A grisly, Maori revenge flick tailor-made for fans of high body-count fare.
November 13, 2015
Highly entertaining.
November 12, 2015
At once violent, exotic and compulsively strange: a fable of revenge with a haka vibe.
May 31, 2015
Powers away relentlessly and soon becomes numbing - except when Makoare waggles his tongue in traditional warrior manner, which is genuinely a fearsome thing to behold.
May 29, 2015
By the final stretch, the combat is pure tedium, with each skuffle filmed and edited in the same way each time and the makers refusing to scale things up in the name of idle spectacle.
May 28, 2015
An exotic and satisfying alternative to the average Hollywood punch-'em-up, an offbeat war story with a neat sideline in ancient magic-realist philosophy.
May 28, 2015
The Dead Lands is a distinctive tale that blends coming-of-age with some muscular action sequences.
May 28, 2015
This tale of a young warrior's blooding resembles Apocalypto in Maori instead of Mayan, although the comparison does it few favours.
May 26, 2015
A fun thriller that'll have you reaching for the travel brochures.
May 25, 2015
Neatly balances a folkloric coming-of-age tale with violent action thrills.
May 25, 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.
May 1, 2015
The film's abundant visual splendor can't compensate for a clichéd screenplay that makes it difficult to invest much rooting interest in the characters.
April 24, 2015
Viewed in the context of its intense combat scenes, The Dead Lands is a more-than-serviceable actioner distinguished by its exotic backdrop, gorgeous cinematography and engrossing performances.
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