The New World

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Released 2006

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Director:
Terrence Malick
Released:
2006
Rating:
PG-13
The New World is a 2005 historic drama about the romance between Captain John Smith (Colin Farrell) and Pocahontas (Q'orianka Kilcher). The film is set in 1607 and follows the story of Pocahontas, as she becomes the Native American liason between the "New World" and the British settlement of Jamestown. Through her interactions, she falls in love with the free spirited John Smith, but after he comits a crime against his country he is forced on a solo mission into the wilderness. Seperated for quite some time, Pocahontas settles for another man, a settler, a good man, John Rolfe (Christian Bale). Rolfe marries her and brings her back to England, trying to make her forget her own culture and to assimilate into the modern world. It is some years before Smith returns to England and sees that Pocahontas has married. They still love one another, but have become different people in one another's absence. The film is a silent tragedy about the loss of true love and the fading of one's culture and identity when faced by the changing of time.moreless

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  • 100

    Los Angeles Times Carina Chocano

    A work of breathtaking imagination, less a movie than a mode of transport, and in every sense a masterpiece.

  • 80

    The New York Times Manohla Dargis

    If the affair seems strangely ethereal, as if it were taking place in another dimension, in a lovelier, more enchanted realm, it is because Mr. Malick is fashioning a countermythol...

  • 50

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    Malick's exalted visuals and isolated metaphysical epiphanies are ill-supported by a muddled, lurching narrative, resulting in a sprawling, unfocused account of an epochal historic...

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