10 items from 2011
It’s time for another update from our friends at Arrow Video, this time previewing their March 2012 releases which encompass sleazy horror, cult British action movies and gory, cheesy sci-fi… The highlight for me in March’s releases? Definitely has to be Don’t Go In The House.
Who Dares Wins (Arrow Video)
The 60 Second War Begins Now! Paranoia, black ops and espionage combine in Who Dares Wins, a violent and edgy anti-terror classic starring Lewis Collins (The Professionals) and Edward Woodward (The Equalizer). The anti-nuclear movement is plotting a bloody outrage on British soil and, having already fatally lost their undercover operative at a violent protest, the secret services call on the aid of the Sas. Captain Peter Skellen (Collins) risks his career, his family and his life to infiltrate the terrorist group before they can unleash an attack that will devastate the country. Relive a classic cold war »
Lionsgate will release the 2010 New Zealand-set action-adventure drama Tracker starring Ray Winstone (44 Inch Chest) and Temuera Morisson (Couples Retreat) on DVD on Aug. 23 for the list price of $26.98.
Directed by veteran British TV director Ian Sharp (The Secret Adventures of Jules Verne), the movie is set in the New Zealand outback and follows former Boer War soldier Arjan (Winstone) as he tracks down Maori seaman (Morrison), who’s been accused of killing a fellow soldier. Kereama is finally captured by Arjan…right before learning that his captive is innocent of all crimes. This leaves Arjan to decides on what to do with Kereama in a situation where only one man can emerge from the outback alive.
Tracker was screened at the Toronto Film Festival last year and is premiering in the U.S. on DVD
This handsome-looking period yarn stars Ray Winstone (sporting a surprisingly convincing South African accent) as an ex-farmer turned fighter from the Boer Wars of the late 1800’s who, upon arrival in New Zealand, is tasked by the British army in tracking down a Maori seaman (Temuera Morrison) who has been wrongly accused of killing an officer, having been caught during a roll in the hay (literally) with a young English woman.
With a posse in tow and two divergent routes, Winstone splits from the other soldiers and goes it alone. He soon finds his bounty, but what he also (unexpectedly) finds is a growing fondness and kinship towards the Maori, who on top of being on the run for a crime he didn’t commit, has to suffer the indignation of fleeing across land which belonged to his forefathers. Winstone soon finds himself at odds with the British over the »
- Adam Lowes
This is the DVD/Blu-ray review for Tracker, directed by Ian Sharp and starring Ray Winstone, Temuera Morrison, Gareth Reeves, Mark Mitchinson, Daniel Musgrove and Andy Anderson. Following the Boer war, former South African farmer Arjan van Diemen (Ray Winstone) lands in New Zealand looking to start a new life. He’s had enough of war and is still grieving the loss of his wife and daughters. Almost immediately he’s drawn into a new drama. A Maori man, Kereama (Temuera Morrison) is falsely accused of killing a British soldier, fleeing into the New Zealand wilderness. Given van Diemen’s superior tracking skills, local army man Major Carlysle (Gareth Reeves) recruits him to track the fugitive. Van Diemen successfully locates the Kereama and forces him to return to face justice. However, the Maori continues to plead his innocence – claims which eventually begin to work their way under the God-fearing van Diemen’s skin. »
- David Hudson
Tracker stars Ray Winstone in one of the most powerful and adventurous roles of his career to date. An epic manhunt set in 1903 against the spectacular backdrop of New Zealand’s remote, rugged and dramatically beautiful South Island, Tracker teams Winstone with acclaimed New Zealand actor Temuera Morrison. Ray Winstone stars as Arjan van Diemen, a legendary guerrilla fighter from The Boer War who is promised a huge bounty if he can hunt down Kereama (Morrison) a Maori seaman who goes on the run after being wrongly accused of murdering a British soldier. But as the chase escalates, the two opposing men realise they share more than just a common enemy in the British…Tracker is directed by Ian Sharp and is executively produced by Stephanie Pettigrew, Gareth Wiley, Richard Fletcher and former Crimewatch presenter and novelist Sue Cook.
In celebration of the release of Tracker – out to buy on »
- Paul Heath
Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: I celebrate all levels of trailers and hopefully this column will satisfactorily give you a baseline of what beta wave I’m operating on, because what better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? Some of the best authors will tell you that writing a short story is a lot harder than writing a long one, that you have to weigh every sentence. What better medium to see how this theory plays itself out beyond that than with movie trailers? The Legend Of The Mighty Soap Trailer When I was a kid I watched HBO relentlessly. Whenever there wasn't reairings of Fraggle Rock, Braingames, Heartbeeps, »
- Christopher Stipp
Let the silly season commence with this expensive comic-book movie, which takes full advantage of its second-tier superhero, free casting rein and Asgard-sized budget to deliver some premium disposable spectacle. Hemsworth's beefy, impetuous thunder god is literally brought down to earth, where thanks to mortal hotties like Portman, he learns there's more to life than swinging a hammer around, but not much more.
Cedar Rapids (15)
The corruption of Helms's naive smalltown nerd via a debauched midwest insurance convention is as broadly amusing as you'd expect, striking a filthy-sweet tone somewhere between the Us Office and The Hangover.
Credit to Ray for straying off home turf, as a Boer veteran »
- Steve Rose
"...'Arajan' (Winstone), a Dutch Afrikaner veteran of the Boer War and master tracker, is promised a bounty to capture 'Kereama' (Morrison), a Māori seafarer accused of killing a British soldier. Keremea, who protests his innocence, repeatedly escapes and is recaptured. Arajan and Kereamea get to know and respect each other, before a showdown with British troops led by 'Major Carlyle' (Gareth Reeves)..."
Shot on location in Queensland, the film’s wild, striking landscapes offer a stark contrast to the violence of colonialism.
More than a lesson in colonial history, "Tracker" is a meditation on victimhood and transcendence, encouraging viewers to consider the persecuted individuals in the film.
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- Michael Stevens
Tracker is one of those minor movies I'm trying to keep on my radar. (And on yours.) It's a film out of New Zealand directed by Ian Sharp, and starring Ray Winstone as a Boer War veteran who is hired to find and bring to justice a Maori man (Temuera Morrison) accused of killing a British officer. We've seen a couple photos  of the actors in character, and now there's a trailer, which you can see below. This trailer makes clear that there's not much mystery to the story, but hopefully there will be value in seeing Ray Winstone and Temuera Morrison play these two parts. Frankly, it's not a great trailer and some of the dialogue is way too on the nose for me. But we don't often see this sort of film any more, so I'm hoping that once all the setup is out of the way there »
- Russ Fischer
We've got a doozy for you today gang. The very first look at the trailer for New Zealand period thriller, Tracker, starring Ray Winstone. It comes from prominent New Zealand TV director, Ian Sharp and also stars Ray Winstone and Temuera Morrison (Also known as Jango Fett) and sounds a lot like The Propositon, so lets hope it continues to follow through on that promise.
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.
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10 items from 2011
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