Minka is a teenage Polynesian boy living in the heart of the city. With his P-addicted mother well on the way to going completely off the rails, three people enter his life – each with a promise – each with the power to destroy.
User Reviews: Minka is ‘a good boy’ he doesn’t drink, smoke or do drugs. He also has to look after his drug dependant mother who redefines the word ‘mess’. He is trying to hold it together with no help from the authorities then his long lost father shows up. This is Joe and he is far from paternalistic. He runs a lap dancing joint and introduces Minka to the seedy underbelly of New Zealand culture but with a Tongan twist.
That is when his coming of age begins and he has to deal with the drugs, alcohol, sex and violence that go with that ‘scene’ and his hormones plus the familial strife.
Now this is sold on its ‘unrelenting violence’, and there is some but it is done in a realistic way and it is the fear that is more terrifying and there are some show stopping performances especially from Joseph Naufahu (‘Spartacus: War of the damned’) as the rather mental Pinball. This is a bit ‘nothing new to see here’ in that we have all seen films with the same or similar plot lines. However, they do this really well and it is a totally independent effort that has the feel of quality for the most part and had me fair gripped for the most part so is one I would recommend.