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I saw the impressive trailer for Crooked Earth in the cinemas and had heard many different reviews.When I finally rented it I was pleasantly surprised.
The cinematography is stunning, catching many rugged but beautiful landscapes of New Zealand. The land issues thing is definitely tired but overall the film had a good mix of shoot-me-ups, drama, romance, stunts, drugs and violence, if not a little too Americanised but that's ok.
The overall cast was very good. It was refreshing to to see Temuera Morrison ("Once Were Warriors") playing a good guy for once and I thought he was pretty good at playing Wiremu, especially in comparrision to many of his other films. There were standouts from Jaime Passier-Armstrong ("Jubilee") who delivered a strong performance playing the daughter of Wiremu and from Quinton Hita (from Mai Time)who played the rugged country boy with a cool horse! I liked the guy who played the cop and Nancy Brunning ("What Becomes of the Broken Hearted") is always wonderful to watch.
I think Crooked Earth is worth seeing as its got lots of great stunts, chopper shots and theres a good mix of humour to break up the drama. An action flick that is home grown!
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