What’s It About?
After one of her tribe sets an American camp ablaze, a young Mohawk warrior finds herself pursued by a contingent of military renegades set on revenge. Fleeing deep into the woods they call home, Oak and Calvin, along with their British companion Joshua, must now fight back against the bloodthirsty Colonel Holt and his soldier, using every resource both real and supernatural that the winding forest can offer.
Who’s In It?
I was really excited to see Eamon Farren’s name in the cast list as he starred in one of my favourite serial killer movies, Chained 2012 and Justin Rain from Fear the Walking Dead series. Also featured is Kaniehttio Horn, Ezra Buzzington and Noah Segan.
In select US theatres on March 2 and available on iTunes with an additional VOD and HD Digital release.
Writer and Director: Ted Geoghegan.
Producer: Travis Stevens.
First Shown at Fantasia Film Festival July 2017.
How Was It?
I had heard of good things about this film and went in with some mild, high-spirits. I must admit, this is not really the sort of movie I would normally go for. Comparisons made against The Last of the Mohicans (1993) irritated me. They both have a Native American tribe, British colonists and a war. But it annoys when I see apples compared to oranges, they are not the same.
The opening act features some excellent looking make-up that is quite striking set against darkness. There is also a liaison between Oak and Joshua who just happens to be partnered with Calvin. Ménage a Trois? Not here, but it’s definitely an open marriage.
Geoghegan’s debut We Are Still Here is something I watched after this. I wanted to tune into his style and see where the bar had been set. Mohawk promised me a revenge story but I just wasn’t sold on the construction. The first film is definitely better than this in my eyes.
What Went Wrong?
When picturing a war in my mind, I see large groups going at it and there is none of that in Mohawk. This could have been forgiven had the trio I needed to connect held more value. I also didn’t enjoy the fight scenes, the camera angles caused some truly stagnant shots. If shown a map as an introduction displaying a vast area at least give the illusion the people within it are in one. It always felt like everyone was just around the next row of trees. And if you want to use surprise attacks it just doesn’t work unless the foliage is thick enough to do so.
I am unsure if it was the script or the delivery but 90% of the time it felt like the bad guys’ characters’ were from different planets to each other. I think about halfway through, they annoyed me so much it gave me an awkward distaste to the story I may not have had otherwise. I’ve watched a handful of independent film recently, and the ones I didn’t like involved actors who looked like they were acting and stories that failed to develop characters.
There are many aspects of the narrative that could have created more of a hook, like more attention to the love story. I guess if you’re going for a historical piece with no real emotion told from the view of the antagonist then Mohawk nails that.
For me, it was a bit of a miss. I wanted to appreciate it more but there just wasn’t enough appeal.
I give Mohawk 2 shaved, bleeding heads out of 5.