Firstly I have to state that it was refreshing to see a new stance on Mohawk tribe/s on screen that didn’t depict them as savages as they so often have been described in the history books by a predominately white racial view.
It must be also commended that director, Ted Geoghegan (who is no stranger to the horror genre) made the conscious choice of casting actors who have actually descended from Mohawk tribes lending the film to that more feeling of being ground in reality.
More recognisable these days as Destiny Rumancek from Hemlock Grove, Kaniehtiio Horn cuts a solid performance as Okwaho who brings a decent balance of strength and vulnerability to her role, as the rise in her characters’ take on the lead protagonist owes a lot to her prowess on screen.
Some characters fell easily into two-dimensional territory but again Geoghegan does enough to paper over the cracks and propel the story along with a dash of tension, gore and mysticism.
By the time the films climax comes around you don’t mind that Ezra Buzzington’s Hezekiah Holt is a hammed up embodiment of all things vile and putrid that lies embedded in white society. You want him to meet his maker and you’re willing for that brutal and bloody confrontation take place. Once again Geoghegan doesn’t shy away from pulling the punches.
You can’t shy away from the fact that Mohawk feels like a made for TV movie, but that doesn’t stop Geoghegan from packing plenty of grunt force energy, surprises, and special effects that have enough blood and realism to tip this little gem on the right side of quality.
– Saul Muerte