Rapa Nui


Time Out says

Rapa Nui is what the natives call Easter Island: 'the navel of the world'. Here the Long Ears lord it over the Short Ears, forcing them to carve huge, monolithic statues - the moai - for the gods. Noro (Lee), the Long Ears' champion, will compete against his childhood friend Make (Morales) to decide who will be clan 'birdman' this year - and for the hand of a Short Ear, Ramana (Holt). A labour of love for director Reynolds (Robin Hood), and co-produced by Kevin Costner, this is a curious Hollywood project, but not a successful one. The leads are okay, but the English-language Polynesian dialogue, containing such lines as, 'I don't need this, I have chicken entrails to read,' does not help matters; and the script settles for the kind of cod anthropology found in Disney animations. Shot on Easter Island, the movie looks impressive - the National Geographic in 'Scope - but perhaps the makers should have followed the example of the moai and kept their mouths shut.


Release details

106 mins

Cast and crew

Kevin Reynolds
Kevin Reynolds, Tim Rose Price
Rena Owen
Eru Potaka-Dewes
Esai Morales
Jason Scott Lee
George Hanares
Sandrine Holt
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