Blu-ray Review: MOHAWK

MOHAWK was directed by Ted Geoghegan from a screenplay by Grady Hendrix and Ted Geoghegan and stars Kaniehtiio HornJustin Rain, and Eamon Farren along with Noah SeganEzra Buzzington, Ian CollettiJonathan Huber, Robert Longstreet, Sheri Foster and Jon Huber aka WWE Superstar Luke Harper.

After one of her tribe sets an American camp ablaze, a young Mohawk warrior finds herself pursued by a battalion of military renegades bent 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 soldiers – using everything the labyrinthine forest can offer.

The movie takes place in the upstate New York wilderness, set during the War of 1812 and follows Oak (Kaniehtiio Horn), Calvin Two Rivers (Justin Rain) and Joshua Pinsmail (Eamon Farren). Oak and Calvin are two indians from the Mohawk tribe and Joshua is a young British soldier they’ve somehow befriended. Actually it appears the two men are both in a close relationship with Oak – if you know what I mean. There’s a quite softness to her but make no mistake about it, Oak is a fierce warrior who can handle her own and as the movie plays out, the viewer gets to witness just how strong she really is.

Oak, Calvin and Joshua are the protagonists of the story who are on the run and they’re being chased down by a rogue group of American soldiers led by the ruthless Hezekiah Holt (Ezra Buzzington) who is as unlikable of a character to come along in quite some time. It doesn’t show what happens in the beginning but Calvin has stirred the pot with these Americans and they want some revenge because of his actions. The trio has several unfortunate run-ins with their pursuers along the way and with each violent encounter everything gets a little more deadly for them. All Oak wanted was peace but she ultimately realizes that the only way she’s going to stop being chased down is to stand her ground and fight back against the enemy – and in the end that’s exactly what she does.

Mohawk was a fascinating followup to Ted Geoghegan’s freshman horror hit We Are Still Here that dropped a few years ago. This sophomore effort is a brave entry for a number of reasons because it doesn’t really fit into any one particular genre and unfortunately this might turn some viewers off at first. Oh but let me tell you, this brutal action-horror hybrid is one of those movies that you have to let simmer for a while and then you start to really dig it.

The story deals with this extremely tragic Native American genocide while the United States and England are at war but it did have a few gaps in it and the character development could have been better. There’s also a mystical/spiritual element thrown in to the story that’s revealed as the movie plays out and I thought this addition helped make up for the few shortcomings and really took the movie to the next level. Geoghegan barely touches the surface when it comes to the tragic story that deals with the Mohawk tribe and sadly this is a part of American history. These people were slaughtered like animals while invaders stole their land and claimed it as their own.

The front of the packaging features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and specs. The reverse sleeve features some alternate artwork and movie credits so you have your choice of which side you want to use as the front cover. The Blu-ray disc also features some matching artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, I thought the cast did a really fantastic job with these interesting characters of theirs with the standouts being Kaniehtiio Horn’s soft but fierce Oak and Ezra Buzzington’s portrayal as the ruthless Hezekiah Holt. Geoghegan captured both the intimacy and the intensity that these characters bring to the table and it’s complimented nicely by some impressive cinematography by Karim Hussain who also worked with Geoghegan on We Are Still Here. There’s a lot of action featured in this small woodsy setting that also includes some blood and gore. Oh yes, the horror hounds should be satisfied because the red stuff is flowing. This is definitely a movie that Hollywood would shy away from but thankfully it’s a brave indie film with no restrictions that holds nothing back and offers up no apologies for its brutal nature. Mohawk will be available on Blu-ray on April 10th and is definitely worth checking out.

Distributor: Dark Sky Films

Run Time: 92 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (2.40:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 / English PCM Lossless  2.0

Subtitles: English SDH

Special Features: The only extras included on the Blu-ray is the trailer. I would have liked it if there had been  some audio commentary,  a “behind-the-scenes” or “making of” featurette and some interviews.

  • Trailer (01:41)

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