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Thursday, April 21, 2016

HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE

A Tribeca Film Festival 2016 Selection

By D.E.Levine

This is a buddy movie, but the buddies are a mismatched boy and his foster uncle who go on the run in the New Zealand wilderness.

This comedy drama has an emotional thrust to which  none of the disgruntled characters would be likely to admit.

One of the central characters, Ricky (Julian Dennison), is a troubled orphan who fancies himself a gangster in the city.  Now, placed in with a foster "aunt" and "uncle" on a farm far away from the city, he is hard to convince but is eventually won over by the warm and loving "aunt" Bella (Tima Te Wiata).

When tragedy strikes and threatens to take the life Ricky has come to love, he goes on the run with his grizzled fostor uncle Hec (Sam Neill) and a dog named Tupac.

Starting with nothing but Bella in common, the two loners eventually come to form a kinship that unites them against the authorities who hunt for them,

The audience finds itself rooting for the lonely characters who find themselves and each other amid the magnificence of the New Zealand countryside.