The New World

The New World

Terrence Malick (2005)

129min
12 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Director Terrence Malick artistically reinterprets the early colonisation of North America in this lyrical and hypnotic historical drama. Only his fourth feature in 32 years, it centres on the legendary romance between disgraced soldier of fortune Captain John Smith (a poignantly gentle Colin Farrell) and native American princess Pocahontas (Q'Orianka Kilcher), following the foundation of the English settlement of Jamestown, Virginia, in 1607. Captured by Algonquin tribesmen during a food-gathering expedition, Smith develops a relationship with the chief's daughter - a tragic bond with far-reaching consequences. Farrell and Kilcher exude an intense chemistry and it's through the purity of their characters' experiences that the extreme gulfs separating the old and new cultures become most apparent. But, while the universally strong performances anchor the free-flowing tale, it's Malick's rich and unashamedly self-indulgent vision that sustains this languid epic. Every frame is dreamily seductive, offering a sensual feast of colour, sound and emotion.

Summary

A 17th-century English settler in America falls in love with a native princess, but as conflict erupts between their people he is forced to abandon her. She is converted to Christianity, adopting European culture and forming a romance with a tobacco planter, but remains torn between two worlds. Terrence Malick's epic historical drama, starring Colin Farrell, Q'orianka Kilcher, Christian Bale and Christopher Plummer.

Cast & Crew

John Smith Colin Farrell
Pocahontas Q'orianka Kilcher
Capt Christopher Newport Christopher Plummer
John Rolfe Christian Bale
Chief Powhatan August Schellenberg
Opechancanough Wes Studi
Capt Edward Wingfield David Thewlis
Captain Argall Yorick van Wageningen
Director Terrence Malick
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: EntertainmentGuidance: Contains violence.Available on: DVD and Blu-ray
Drama