The Navigator (1988)



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This fantasy stars Hamish McFarlane as a young 14th Century boy with acute psychic powers. During the period of the Black Death, Hamish believes that he can rescue his fellow villagers by leading them into an abandoned mine. The fugitives tunnel their way through the darkness and emerge on the other side--into a bustling New Zealand metropolis in the year 1988. The phenomenon is seen from the point of view of the "aliens," to whom every modern convenience and invention is a miracle comparable to the Resurrection. The Navigator: A Medieval Odyssey creates its own logic, framing the story in the linear form of an ancient legend.


Critic Reviews for The Navigator

All Critics (6)

Vincent Ward begins to expand on familiar themes of faith, devotion, sacrifice and prophesy.

Oct 31, 2018 | Full Review…

An astonishingly effective New Zealand film about dreams, death, community, and the mystical dimensions of the human heart.

Jan 15, 2002 | Full Review…

THE NAVIGATOR does not concern itself much with the spirit of adventure but instead sticks to the more appropriately medieval doom-laden concerns of God, death, and prophecy

Jan 1, 2000

Audience Reviews for The Navigator

A group of medieval Cumbrians flee the plague by burrowing through the earth, emerging in 20th century New Zealand. Although a thinnish script prevents this from being a masterpiece, the original storyline, clever historical parallels and stunning imagery are compelling. Well worth a look.

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