Even entertaining movies can have the staying power of cotton candy; a select few stay with you long after you leave the theatre, like a punch to the heart. Once Were Warriors belongs to the latter group, and it is not to be missed.I have never seen a movie that more powerfully captures the pride, passion and spirit of a culture, the tragic relationship between love and violence, the alienation of an indigenous people, and the destruction of innocence.
Living in Hawaii, I could closely identify the plight of the Maories with that of the native Hawaiians.
This is not a movie that makes you feel good, but it is a movie that socks you between the eyes and affects the way you look at the world.If you are an indigenous person, if you have contact with indigenous people, or if you live on the planet with indigenous people, you owe it to yourself to see Once Were Warriors. It will devastate you.