I had not yet heard of The Dead Lands when these exclusive images landed in my inbox but, after checking out the trailer, I’m very much onboard. James Cameron describes the film thusly, “A powerful and primal coming of age story that’s an absolute adrenaline rush, The Dead Lands is far more than just a great action movie — it’s great cinema.” I haven’t seen the entire movie by any means, but based on these stills and the very NSFW trailer, I have a feeling he’s onto something.
Check out The Dead Lands images and trailer below. The film was written by Glenn Standring and directed by Toa Fraser. It stars James Rolleston, Lawrence Makoare, Te Kohe Tuhaka, Xavier Horan, George Henare, Raukura Turei and Rena Owen. Magnet releases The Dead Lands in theaters and on VOD on April 17th.
Here’s the official synopsis:
Hongi (James Rolleston) – a Maori chieftain’s teenage son – must avenge his father’s murder in order to bring peace and honour to the souls of his loved ones after his tribe is slaughtered through an act of treachery. Vastly outnumbered by a band of villains, led by Wirepa (Te Kohe Tuhaka), Hongi’s only hope is to pass through the feared and forbidden Dead Lands and forge an uneasy alliance with the mysterious Warrior (Lawrence Makoare), a ruthless fighter who has ruled the area for years.