Horrible things have always occurred in the forests in horror movies, and Mohawk, is no exception to the rule. But director Ted Geoghegan spins the familiar revenge tropes in his historical thriller, exposing the brutality of racism and the dire future being faced with members of the Mohawk tribe in NY throughout the War of 1812. Taking cues from Deliverance, and I spit on your Grave, Mohawk, replacements rape with racism, also places Native Americans front and centre at a revenge story that does not pull punches. Mohawk, sets the stage for a conflict in the film’s opening scene, even as Joshua, a British representative, talks with members of the Mohawk tribe, warning them that American soldiers are on the move and will be approaching to their land.
Throughout the war, the tribe has remained neutral, but with the battlefield coming their very own backyard, Joshua is hoping to convince the Mohawk individuals to take up arms to the British. The tribe’s elders are not interested, but Calvin 2 Rivers, disagrees and sneaks to the Americans camp at night, burning it to the ground and killing all the soldiers inside. Calvin’s actions dive a tribe in war and bring his own fan, Oak into center of the conflict. It is rapidly revealed that Oak is at a polyamorous relationship with Calvin and Joshua, along with the 3 ring together in the forests with the intent of reaching Oak’s uncle, who’s looking in the nearest mission, to ask for assistance.
In the forests, the three fast turn from hunters to those hunters, while they run afoul of a bunch of American militia members, led by the cruel Hezekiah, that are seeking revenge for the murders Calvin dedicated. From here, Mohawk, turns into a tight cat and mouse game, like the three fans effort to fail to evade the militia from the forests. Geoghegan does not hold back on the bloodshed, killing off members of the militia and Mohawk tribe with equal cruelty and brutality. Mohawk, provides a clear comment on the displacement and genocide of Native Americans, which will be apparent throughout the ruthlessness of American militia and brutal racism. Even following Oak’s pregnancy has been disclosed, militia members still see her as less than human, and also don’t have any qualms about betraying her or attempting to kill her. Oak does not have the delicacy or respect of a white woman in her situation could be given. She takes brutal blows from the militia members fists, she is referred to as a squaw, and her creativity and survival abilities are demonized.
TMDb Rating6.4 votes