The Dark Horse movie review…a must see!

The Dark Horse Review – Bravery is Contageous!

The Dark Horse will kick you in the guts! An incredibly moving story of courage and bravery, makes you want to learn more about this kiwi hero Genesis Potini.

Warning – The Dark Horse will make you feel all the feelings….unless you’re Jake the Muss

Genesis, even though struggling his entire life with mental illness and a terrible upbringing managed to be a courageous and brave man. Helping many kiwi kids change their future. By giving them time and a passion for something other than a life of violence.

What hits you while you’re watching is the fact that it’s a true story. How many kiwi kids are living this way? But all it takes is one man, who has managed to help many lost kids and changing their futures.

One of the most inspiring movies I have seen in a long time. And Cliff Curtis, unrecognisable as he takes on the persona of Genisis – to me his best role yet.

Mana (James Rolleston) who plays the soon-to-be-patched nephew, makes you wonder how many kids in our very own little country are living this way. You just want to wrap him up and take him home, thankfully for him he has his Uncle Gen and his Dad, Ariki didn’t know anything other than gang life……..go see the movie and find out what happens!

The cast and crew should be very proud of this movie.

The Dark Horse needs New Zealanders to see it!  If only to remind yourself of how sweet your life is. Or if you’re stuggling with mental illness, Gen proves anyone can do something to make a difference. Even if it’s just helping one person be in a better place. Or maybe to prove to someone living like this, there can be a way out.

Beautiful but a total punch in the gut movie.

Thank you James Napier Robertson for bringing this legend, Genesis Potini to our screens.



The Dark Horse Review

Cliff Curtis as Genesis

Directed and written by James Napier Robertson, starring Cliff Curtis, James Rolleston, Kirk Torrance and Miriama McDowell, The Dark Horse is an inspiring true story based on the life of a charismatic, brilliant but little-known Hero – Genesis Potini (Gen).

Once a local chess-champion in Gisbourne, Genesis has spent the last few years in and our of mental institutions. As long as a family member takes care of him, Gen is released from the ward into his gang-membered brother Ariki (Wayne Hapi, who also has an amazing life story as well – so proud of this guy too!).

The Dark Horse

James Rolleston as Mana

The Dark Horse is an inspiring true story based on the life of a charismatic, brilliant but little-known New Zealand Hero – Genesis Potini (Gen). Anchored by the performance of a lifetime from Cliff Curtis who stars alongside a stellar cast including James Rolleston whose performance and much anticipated return to the big screen will reignite the country’s heartfelt warmth for James, the little Boy.

Battling with his own inner torment and family struggles, Genesis finds purpose and hope in passing on his gift to the children in his community, which in turn brings hope and positivity into their lives. It unveils a story of two lost souls finding the strength to carry on through each other’s company – believing in themselves; even if no one else does.


Review The Dark Horse

The Dark Horse Chess Team

The Dark Horse is a provocative, emotionally-charged and inspiring drama about a man who finds the courage to lead, despite his own adversities.

Directed & written by James Napier Robertson and produced by Tom Hern

Starring Cliff Curtis (Whale Rider, Training Day), James Rolleston (Boy), Kirk

Torrance & Miriama McDowell.

Runtime: 124 minutes

Rating: M Violence offensive language and drug use

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This is the real Genesis Potini (photo by Bruce Green)



The Dark Horse has its world premiere at the New Zealand International Film Festival and opens in NZ cinemas from July 31


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