Jake gets back to nature
I think I might have liked this movie even more than Once Were
Warriors. The focus of the first movie was Beth Heke, a strong female
character who survived unthinkable hardship. This time, we center on
her ex-husband, Jake Heke--New Zealand's answer to Frances Begbie. For
me, this movie was all about watching him take small steps towards
healing and redemption.
The first part of the movie establishes the degree to which Jake's
behavior makes him a social outcast. In the first movie, he got away
with ordering everyone around and beating up and wrecking everything in
his way. Now, everyone is tired of his drinking and fighting, his
family wants nothing to do with him, and even the woman he is with is
setting limits. Jake finds himself completely alone, causing him to
re-think his outlook.
The other major plot line involves the death of Jake's oldest son, Nig,
who dies in a gang altercation. Nig's girlfriend and younger brother
unite to get revenge on the killers.
I love stories where characters who have reasons to hate each other end
up as allies--L.A. Confidential is my favorite example. In the last
portion of this movie, Jake and his younger son reconcile just in time
for a showdown with a gang leader. Watching Jake stroll into the
Snake's fortress, knowing he is about to kick some tail, was one of the
great moments of anticipation in any movie I've seen.
There is another relationship that is key to Jake's progress: He makes
friends with two hunters, who he initially respects because they are
bigger and stronger than even him. One of the best moments, equally
humorous and dramatic, is when the hunters chastise Jake for fighting
at the pub: "People come here for a drink. Not for that. We're outta
here." Again, Jake finds himself an outsider because of his anti-social
behavior, which he is beginning to realize is not normal. Eventually,
they take him hunting, and you can see the boy becoming a man as Jake
finds healing on the hunting grounds, where he finally has a healthy
outlet for his aggression. Get out of the bar, Jake. Go experience
A lot of people have criticized the abrupt ending, but I thought the
story did everything it needed to. Of course, it left me wanting more,
and I will try to track down the third novel, because I feel even more
invested in these characters than before. I felt like every character
in this story, no matter how small, was well developed. They felt real,
not stereotypes or cartoon characters. It was more like watching a
series than just a self-contained movie. I wish it could keep going..
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Hard act to follow
One thing that was inevitable about this film -- it was never going to be
able to have anywhere near the impact of what it is the sequel for -- Once
This isn't bad, but at the same time it's not great. Morrison resurrects
Jake Heke, who is now fighting to save his son from a gang lifestyle after
another of his sons is killed in a gangland shootout.
An excellent performance in a supporting role from Rawiri Paratene is
probably the highlight of this tale, but I must admit that, by the end, I
was beginning to recall again just how much writer Alan Duff gets on my