The New World

The New World
  • 2005
  • US
  • 2h 30min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Terrence Malick
  • Written by: Terrence Malick
  • Cast: Colin Farrell, Q'orianka Kilcher, Christopher Plummer, Christian Bale
  • Language: English, Powhatan

Malick's epic is quickly recognisable as the story of Pocahontas, the Native American girl who risked her life to show mercy to intruder John Smith when he faced certain death at the hands of her tribe. Filmed 25 years after he originally wrote the script, this is an exquisitely realised past look but the casting is pure folly. Despite its winning heroine, the male stars offer barely a spark between them, leaving a gaping hole where there should be an authentic romantic heart.

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