“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
RELEASE DATE: 3/2/18
The Plot Thus Far
After a member of her tribe sets fire to an American soldiers’ camp during the War of 1812, a young female Mohawk finds herself pursued by a ruthless band of renegades bent on revenge. Fleeing into the deep woods, Mohawk youths Oak (Kaniehtiio Horn, Hemlock Grove) and Calvin (Justin Rain, Fear the Walking Dead), along with their British companion Joshua (Eamon Farren, Twin Peaks: The Return), confront the true horrors of war and the terror of the darkest night as they’re hunted by the bloodthirsty Colonel Holt (Ezra Buzzington, The Hills Have Eyes) and his small army of soldiers. As the Americans seem to close in from all sides, leaving a massacred trail of destruction behind them, the trio must use every resource available to stave off brutal execution at the hands of the sadistic soldiers. But the warrior spirit is strong in Oak and, before the sun rises, her pursuers will discover the full power of a righteous spirit unleashed.
From writer/director Ted Geoghegan (We Are Still Here) and featuring wrestling icon Jonathan Huber (WWE Superstar Luke Harper), MOHAWK is a white-knuckled hellride that s unrelenting in its intensity and unflinching in its depiction of humanity pushed to the limits.