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Movie Review – Tracker

Like Mike
Like Mike

New Zealand films can be very hit and miss and often when they miss they miss pretty far from the mark. But when we do it right we can also make some pretty amazing films such as ‘Boy’, ‘Whale Rider’, ‘Out Of The Blue’ and ‘Once Were Warriors’. The last few years have been very weak on the film front, with the exception of ‘Boy’ and a couple of decent enough tries, but 2011 has seen a bit of an upswing in the right direction. ‘Love Birds’ got the ball rolling as I thought it was a very decent romantic comedy, and then ‘My Wedding and Other Secrets’ took things even further as I thought it was the best kiwi film in years! The next film that looked to keep that ball rolling was ‘Tracker’, which had a great trailer and what looked like some great performances from the great British actor Ray Winstone and our very own Temuera Morrison. So when my press invite came in the mail I jumped at the chance.

“An ex-Boer war guerrilla in New Zealand is sent out to bring back a Maori accused of killing a British soldier. Gradually they grow to know and respect one another but a posse, led by the British Commanding officer, is close behind and his sole intention is to see the Maori hang.”

Well I’m glad to say that this film very much kept the ball rolling of great New Zealand films and it fully lived up to its trailer. With great production design and sets, it instantly grounded you in the reality of the time setting of 1903, which can often be a hard thing to do with New Zealand films and their tighter budgets. Winstone and Morrison both held their own against each other and made for a great on screen pairing, and with a decent script and some great supporting characters this made for an entertaining time in the cinema. Let’s hope 2011 keeps on delivering these great kiwi films!

8 out of 10 from me.

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