In nearly every film, there must be a baddie. In the case of this movie, Jake is that and what a marvellous job Temuera Morrison does. His muscles bigger than most but brain about the size of a chickens, he does not see the harm he is causing his family as abhorrent in any way at all, and it seems that at times he enjoys beating his wife and scaring his family to death. Just like the casting of Beth, he really does a fine job of portraying the role to the best it could possibly be. I understand that this is a movie, but his portrayal was that good that I certainly wouldn’t like to pick a fight with him.
Arahanga too does marvellously. The rebel in the family, he does not show fear when confronting his father and tries to defend them when needed. He is the James Dean character, and tries his best to upstage his father by making a name for himself in the community when others around him are doing the exact opposite. A wonderful performance by someone so young and I am glad to read on www.imdb.com that he has been in regular work since this movie’s release, most notably in “The Matrix” as Apoc.
This movie really is a classic, but is one which should only be viewed by adults. The themes in which it deals with are not your typical, run of the mill ones but serious issues which affect countless numbers every year across the world. And for those issues to be tackled in a mature and serious way should be applauded, not avoided. To be quite honest, it should be done more often and hopefully this film will contribute towards the issues which it discusses appearing on several more movies in the not too distant future.