New Zealand , turn of the 20th century. A guerilla fighter from the South African Boer war called Arjan (Winstone) embarks on a manhunt for Maori seaman Kereama (Morrison), accused of murdering a British soldier. The pursuit across the island sees the hunter and hunted testing their wits against each other.
Ray Winstone hits New Zealand for this period cat-and-mouse- adventure. He’s Arjan, a notorious South African guerrilla looking for a new life after the Boer war. Meanwhile principled Maori seafarer Kereama (Temuera Morrison) is on the run wrongly accused of murder. British officers assign Arjan, a master tracker, to catch Kereama. But Arjan begins to question his loyalties when he closes in on Kereama in the wilderness.
The scenery’s terrific and the story is quietly engaging but this focuses on the two men to a fault, neglecting other potentially interesting characters such as a prostitute who could clear Kereama’s name. Still, it’s an interesting insight into an era rarely seen on film and an atmospheric showcase for Winstone and Morrison’s talents – not to mention New Zealand’s spectacular landscape.
An intermittently exciting chase adventure with rich period detail.