At the turn of the 20th century, as Kiwi troops return home form the Boer War, a Maori sailor (Temuera Morrison) witnesses a murder in a barn and must flee as he’s being framed for the violence. A Boer soldier (Ray Winstone) is enlisted to help track the sailor through the wilderness, making for a form of FUGITIVE set in the land of the LORD OF THE RINGS.
The ingredients are there for something really compelling, with beautiful vistas and an archtypical plot ripe for some exploration. Unfortunately, the film is as straightforward and predictable as can be, with scene after scene playing out almost by rote. We’re left with nothing more than a satisfactory film, and a fairly forgettable one at that.