In New Zealand in the 1860s the native Maori people fought the British colonials to keep the land guaranteed to them by treaty. The warrior Te Wheke fights for the British until betrayal leads him to seek utu (revenge). The settler Williamson in turn seeks revenge after Te Wheke attacks his homestead. Meanwhile Wiremu, an officer for the British, seems to think that resistance is futile. Written by
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Utu is translated (by the Maori people) not as revenge, but as balanced exchange or reciprocity. See more
One of the characters observes "Something wicked this way comes", quoting the title of the Ray Bradbury novel written 100 years later.
Note: The line "Something wicked this way comes" is originally from Shakespeare's play Macbeth written almost 300 years before the time the film is set. See more