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Ihaka: Blunt Instrument (2001)

Temuera Morrison plays Detective Sergeant Ihaka, a no-nonsense cop in the Auckland PD. After a very public incident involving a mugger, a wounded cop and a baseball bat, Ihaka is shipped ... See full summary »

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Tito Ihaka
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Kirsty Finn
Linal Haft ...
Lynch
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Michelle
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Rourke
Carmen Duncan ...
Mrs. Renton
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Tara
Noel Hodda ...
Wickham
Bryan Marshall ...
McGrail
John Seru ...
Grant Mountain
Janine Burchett ...
Rosa
Barry Quin ...
Andrew
Jaime Passier-Armstrong ...
Ihaka's Niece
Geoff Barker ...
Gym Instructor
Ron Wilson ...
Newsreader
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Temuera Morrison plays Detective Sergeant Ihaka, a no-nonsense cop in the Auckland PD. After a very public incident involving a mugger, a wounded cop and a baseball bat, Ihaka is shipped off to Sydney, Australia for a couple of weeks. He is sent to Sydney to attend an international symposium on policing techniques and finds himself partnered with Kirsty Finn, a by-the-book, "desk jockey" detective with the Australian Federal Police. One of the exercises of the symposium is to review procedures used in a past case, then report on their findings. Ihaka and Finn are given the unsolved case of the rape/murder of an up-and-coming model, from 3 years earlier. Supposedly the killer is a psycho and this was just a "thrill kill". However, during the course of their review they find evidence that was previously ignored and suddenly they aren't just reviewing the case, they are hot on the heels of the killer and up to their necks in blackmail, deceit and the upper echelon of society. Written by Evil Jimi

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An above average Australian/New Zealand cop film.
7 November 2000 | by (Victoria) – See all my reviews

I hadn't planned on watching this movie, so I actually missed the first couple of minutes. However, from the moment Temuera Morrison's character, the "knuckle-dragging" Det. Sgt. Ihaka, appeared on screen, I found myself hooked. The film isn't very PC in places, most notably in Ihaka's no-nonsense attitude towards criminals or his superiors, nor is it going to win any awards but the acting was generally above average and the plot was intriguing. I especially liked Rebecca Gibney's character and found her to be superior to her Halifax F.P. character. The last 20 minutes have a couple of surprises and I liked the ending.

I should also note that a lot of the humour is very Antipodean, so those outside of Australia and New Zealand might not get it.


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