The Dead Lands Reviews

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
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.
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
"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
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
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
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 14, 2015
Essentially a single, overlong, wearyingly violent chase sequence with shout-outs to honor and maintaining traditions, the story isn't much more than an excuse to keep the artery-spraying war of attrition going.
March 31, 2015
The characters are all well-drawn and acting is tough, iconic and credible.
September 7, 2014
Impressive scenery and action elevate a tale of pre-colonial Maori warfare that is nonetheless brutal to the brink of monotony.