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29.01.2012 20:32 Age: 9 yrs

Funerals & Snakes Updated

Review: Sione’s 2: Unfinished Business, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Buck, Journey 2: The Mysterious Island and El violin


The first Sione’s movie arrived in cinemas in 2006 — before I commenced this weekly catalogue of hits and misses — so I have to plead ignorance about the Duck Rockers and their earlier hijinks. I didn’t even try and download it. How lame! So, Sione’s 2: Unfinished Business has to stand on its own two feet and I’m pleased to report that it does just that.

It’s five years on from Sione’s wedding and the boys have been brought back together for a different kind of family gathering but one of them has gone missing. The minister (the great Nat Lees) gives them a mission: find Bolo (the great David Fane) and bring him back before he does something he will regret. So commences a mad dash around central Auckland in a commandeered taxi — from my memory of Ponsonby/Grey Lynn most of those journeys would have been faster on foot — trying to locate Bolo before all Hell breaks loose.

 

Sione’s 2 isn’t so much a Kiwi movie as an Auckland one. I don’t think I’ve ever been more aware of the cultural differences between Auckalofa and the rest of New Zealand and the film — much like the city itself — doesn’t bother to acknowledge that there is a rest of the country to acknowledge. Jokes about Glenfield and Grey Lynn abound — and I can’t imagine anywhere other than Auckland having a Maori gourmet fast food oufit called Chur Burger — so my laughs were often one step removed.

READ THE FULL REVIEW AT FUNERALS & SNAKES


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