Topics: Indigenous & Minority Cultures.
Aroview: After the great success of GOODBYE PORK PIE, dir. Geoff Murphy and his team get their fingernails dirty with this indigenous 'Western' that addresses a turbulent period in our history - circa 1870 - where vast casualties were suffered both by the native Maori and British colonialists in the name of 'utu' (revenge). Convincingly mounted and well sustained, it pays off its ambitions as both drama and spectacle.
Average rating (Very Good). Showing 1-3 of 3 member reviews.
3 stars (Good Enough) As important historically as Utu may be, the film itself is low on production values and really shows in its limitations. Has not aged well at all, and will probably be relegated to the most avid of New Zealand collections. ~Tom H
3 stars (Good Enough) When I first saw this movie as a 13 year old it scared the beejeebees out of me - viewing it as a 40 year old, I appreciate the historical value it adds to the richness of our New Zealand heritage. ~Anon
5 stars (Exceptional) Incredibly entertaining New Zealand epic full of fun and a spectacular cast, Anzac Wallace being the highlight. ~Wizzums
Reference Links: UtuNZ On Screen film review.
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