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What Becomes of the Broken Hearted? Reviews

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½ December 4, 2016
Ridiculous depiction of gang life, even for NZ
½ March 12, 2014
top flim, classic NZ
May 20, 2013
Though it swept through New Zealand's Film and TV awards in 1999, it is not in the same class as its predecessor Once Were Warriors.
December 1, 2012
Good Follow Up To The First With Somewhat Of An Abrupt Ending, Definitely A Must See For Fans Of The First.
October 22, 2012
Was never going to surpass the first. Jake has kind of lost himself in this one
April 5, 2012
any one know where I can find this movie?...
January 2, 2012
Needed some fkn eeeggs!!!
March 9, 2011
brilliant movie,loved this one an Once were Worriers
March 9, 2011
brilliant movie,loved this one an Once were Worriers
½ January 11, 2011
An apt title. I was quite enjoying this film until the last third to where it randomly becomes a cliched action movie all of a sudden (with Jake and Muss even taking on an entire gang and a car chase and everything). Some powerful acting once again from the cast. This movie focuses on redemption and healing and does so quite succesfully until the aforementioned ending, it's almost like the filmmakers were afraid of having a movie where the audience couldn't cheer anti-hero Jake the Muss. I've wanted to see it for a long time and I'm quite glad I did though. It was always going to loom in the shadow of the powerhouse first film though and for that, it does alright.
½ August 12, 2010
A sad example of a sequel that is almost unbearably by-the-book and without personality. "What Becomes of the Broken Hearted" adds nothing thematically constructive to its predecessor, the magnificent "Once Were Warriors." Not exactly a bad or even boring film, but a very aimless and undewhelming experience that doesn't seem to have much to say.
Super Reviewer
½ June 7, 2010
The 1994 drama Once Were Warriors told a sad but compelling tale of violence and alcoholism in New Zealand's Maori community, and What Becomes of the Broken Hearted? picks up the story several years later, though the focus is less on an individual family than the spread of gang warfare among the modern-day Maori. Jake and Beth Heke (Temuera Morrison and Rena Owen), the combative couple in the first film, have now split up, Beth having lost her patience with Jake's alcoholism and violent temper. Beth has moved on and lives with her new boyfriend, and while Jake also has a new relationship, his binge drinking and violence have continued unabated. Jake's eldest son, Nig (Julian Arahanga) has fared little better in life, and dies in a fight with a member of a rival gang. At Nig's funeral, Jake is confronted by Beth and his younger son, Sonny (Clint Eruera), who feels Jake abandoned his family and doesn't mind telling him so. Sonny decides he must avenge Nig's death and joins forces with Nig's girlfriend Tania (Nancy Brunning) and his pal Mookie (Tammy Davis) to exact their own kind of justice. However, an unpleasant run-in with the Black Snakes gang only earns them more enemies. Jake, meanwhile, is dropped by his girlfriend and sinks even deeper into the abyss of his demons. What Becomes of the Broken Hearted? was directed by Ian Mune, continuing the story begun by filmmaker Lee Tamahori.
June 2, 2010
Powerful stuff, only let down by a sudden ending which is left very open, not sure if there is a third movie in this family saga. Morrison is amazing as always (one of my favourite actors) as Jake The Muss, who is finally starting to see the error of his ways. Not quite as harrowing as the first one as his character is more sympathetic and you really want him to find redemption. There was the odd rocky performance in it but it was very low budget so what do you expect?
I met one of the actors- Lawrence Makoare a few years ago and he was so decent, chatted for about 15 minutes about the movies, (he was in the LOTR Trilogy).
May 12, 2010
Cheesy title, and no, it's not as good as 'Once were warriors', but it's more Big Jake so who cares?
April 2, 2010
good movie good acting.
March 19, 2010
I wish Netflix had this
February 11, 2010
It was alright. First one was way better.
November 28, 2009
not a patch on the 1st one,but still a very good movie in its own right,just wondering where the extra son sprung up from
½ November 22, 2009
Tugged at the heart strings...
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