|Terrence Malick Director||previously directed The Thin Red Line|
Set in the 17th Century in the colonial Jamestown settlement camp, Captain John Smith is rescued from execution by the tribe chief's daughter, Pocahontas. The two fall in love and Captain smith is torn between staying with Pocahontas and returning to help the starving colony.
Director Terrence Malick is known for using natural settings and lighting in his films and would often keep the camera rolling no matter what occurred. During filming actor Christian Bale would occasionally find it amusing to walk in an unexpected direction so that crew members would have to dive in to nearby trees and bushes to avoid being captured by the camera.
|Terrence Malick||written by|
|Colin Farrell||John Smith|
|Christopher Plummer||Captain Newport|
|Christian Bale||John Rolfe|
|Yorick van Wageningen||Captain Argall|
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The film begins with a ship coming from Europe. Below decks Captain John Smith is in shackles and sentenced to be killed for mutiny. Once on land, Captain Newport pardons him. The colonists begin to build the camp and survey the land.
Malick endeavors to give a picturesque view of what America would have looked like upon first arrival. Much of the movie is pure scenery shot at an eye-level angle.
The colonist’s first encounter with Native Americans is peaceful. A little later the colony begins to run short on food and supplies, prompting Captain Newport to return to England in order to replenish the camp. John Smith leads an expedition and is captured by Powhatan warriors.
Smith is brought before Chief Powhatan. Powhatan sentences Smith to death and before the execution Pocahontas, the chief’s daughter, intercedes. Smith is spared and lives captive among the Powhatans for some time. The tribe eventually assimilates Captain Smith. He spends much of his time with Pocahontas and eventually the two fall in love.
Chief Powhatan allows Smith to return to the colony on the condition the English will leave his land in the spring. Smith, reluctant to leave Pocahontas, returns to find the colony impoverished and lacking any competent authority. He is given command. During the winter the colony numbers diminish from starvation and disease. Pocahontas leads a rescue party into the camp with food and supplies.
When spring comes and the settlers show no signs of leaving Chief Powhatan stages an attack on the camp. The colonists fight off the attack. Powhatan, angry at his daughter’s involvement with the colonists, banishes her from the tribe. She then comes to Jamestown. The colonists decide to keep her as leverage to stave off any further attacks from the Powhatan. Smith opposes this idea, and loses his command over the camp. Pocahontas and Captain Smith resume their love affair as she begins to assimilate herself to the colony’s way of life.
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