Directed by Geoff Murphy
Set in 1870's New Zealand, Utu is the Maori
word for revenge. Te Wheke (Anzac Wallace) is a Maori who serves as a Lance Corporal
in the colonial army. Forever altered by the brutal massacre of his tribal relatives
at the hands of the colonials, he incites a rebellion that unites the Maoris against their
oppressors. "The ferocity of the skirmishes and the raids is played off against
an arcadian beauty that makes your head swim" (Pauline Kael, The New Yorker). 122 minutes.