The Wind & The Reckoning: Review
During the 1880’s in Hawai’I, there was an increasing presence from the US government to enforce their rule over the island. Ko’olau (Jason Scott Lee) and his wife, Pi’ilani (Lindsay Watson) live there with their son, Kalei (Kahiau Perriera) and despite their begrudging acceptance of Americans in their country, they were never afraid to remind them who was there first.
However, at the time there was an outbreak of leprosy, and although the Hawai’ian people have dealt with such things for years, the US government think they know better. This unfortunately leads to an order for Ko’olau and his son to be taken away when they are show signs of having contracted the disease.
Not taking this easily though, Ko’olau and his family escape and on their journey to safety they hope to find a medicine that can cure them.
The Wind & The Reckoning is an historical drama directed by David L. Cunningham, written by John Fusco and taken from a true story of a family who did what they could against an opposing force. The kind of story which has been told over and over again, although one worth repeating because it reminds the audience of the terrible things people do as an oppressive force.
What sets this story apart from others though is the family dynamic. A story to which we can all relate; The Wind & The Reckoning puts a husband and wife together with their young son who they are caring for while shielding him from their own worries of what their nation will become.
The Wind & The Reckoning brings the true story to life without embellishment and does so with a beautiful cinematography which highlights the natural beauty of America’s island state.
Considering all the stories that have been told before and told so differently, everything from Disney’s Pocahontas to James Cameron’s Avatar, they all have something in common. They’re all told from the perspective of somebody who hasn’t experienced prejudice and oppression. That’s what makes The Wind & The Reckoning stand out though as bringing out its story as authentically as possible enhances the power of its message.
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