“Mohawk” scratched that itch I never knew I had. Sure, I’m one of the weirdos that enjoyed Apocalypto a little too much. It’s just that I finished Mel Gibson’s older masterpiece wondering what would happen if we got an American equivalent? Ted Geoghegan’s Mohawk answers that question. Taking place during the War of 1812, a young Mohawk brave has torched an American military camp. Now, the soldiers pursue two native youths and their British friend. Naturally, this is going to end well.
Watching this small band of rebels get chased deep into the forest is pretty brutal. Heads get cut off, people are impaled and someone gets stabbed. What I really enjoyed about the movie is how much of the horror got dialed back to showcase how dirty the soldiers could be during war. You get a bit of cliche, as a certain soldier doesn’t want to indulge in the carnage. But, that eventually changes.
Still, the supernatural finds a way to make itself known. As the young Oak finds her way into understanding her native roots, nature changes around her. She survives supposed death, finds an identity and avenges her people. Still, I feel like I’m letting an overall picture of Mohawk falter. Check out our later home video coverage for the second half.
- 1 hr and 31 mins
- Not Rated
- Dark Sky Films