The Dead Lands Reviews

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April 23, 2015
The Dead Lands may not feature the most original story, but its dedication to the Māori culture and handful of bloody action scenes make it worth a watch.
April 20, 2015
Runs a little long for such a simple tale, but still entertains.
April 19, 2015
The Dead Lands occasionally runs the risk of becoming too preachy or cheesy - most unironic martial arts films do - but it's still a thoughtful and exhilarating introduction to its subject matter
April 17, 2015
It feels like a typical action movie that's been sawed off and sanded down - its blunt edges sharpened, its soft center drained out. It's not particularly original, but it is mean, relentless, and bracing.
April 17, 2015
A fine example of how an indigenous culture can tell its stories on film.
April 17, 2015
The tale of warring tribes in pre-colonial New Zealand embraces Maori language and mysticism. Ethnography is its purpose, but a fine cast makes sure this modest movie has a pulse.
April 17, 2015
This bloody quest for vengeance becomes burdened by too much of a good thing, as brutal fight sequences become repetitive over The Dead Lands' all-too-long running time.
April 17, 2015
"The Dead Lands" doesn't add up to much, but it is always on the verge of becoming more than just a bed time story for guys that wish "Braveheart" had a biceps-kissing baby with "Ong Bak."
April 16, 2015
There's plenty you haven't actually seen in The Dead Lands, a blood-spurting martial arts epic that sets its ultraviolence amongst warring Maori tribes... It's a shame that everything else about it follows such a strict action movie template.
April 16, 2015
A fable about New Zealand's indigenous Maori people before the arrival of European settlers, "The Dead Lands" values entertainment over archaeology.
April 16, 2015
Action fans will enjoy the fight scenes while the rest of us may find the film perversely interesting from a socio-anthropological perspective.
April 16, 2015
It's a solid entertainment, in other words, and with some fine-tuning it might even have been great.
April 16, 2015
Honor and shame are frequently announced concerns in the story, and the staginess recalls Mr. Fraser's experience as a theater director.
April 16, 2015
Once you get past an awkward and artificial beginning and roll with the movie's crazy rhythm, The Dead Lands is also a blast, and one that delivers an unexpected emotional wallop along with gore, thrills and spectacular scenery.
April 16, 2015
Proof that action pictures are best when they forge a path all their own.
April 16, 2015
The Dead Lands too frequently fizzles when it should sizzle.
April 16, 2015
Abstract, synth-scored finale notwithstanding, it's another plodding take on the hero's journey, with New Zealand's rugged terrain cut into an indistinguishable mass of karst rock and dry grass.
April 15, 2015
The plot may not be the most original, but the specifics of the Maori culture are unique.There's also neat use of modern electric music, which helps make The Dead Lands come alive.
April 15, 2015
Because of some of the familiarity of narrative, I wasn't totally invested in the story of The Deadlands but when Hongi sprang into action I appreciated this take on the classic tale.
April 15, 2015
It's a mash-up of familiar genre elements-too familiar, frankly-given a welcome sense of scope and shading by the location.
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