Mohawk (2017)

Director: Ted Geoghegan

Writer: Ted Geoghegan, Grady Hendrix (Screenplay)

Starring: Kaniehtiio Horn, Ezra Buzzington, Eamon Farren, Justin Rain, Jon Huber, Robert Longstreet, Noah Segan

 

Plot: Late in the War of 1812, a young Mohawk woman and her two lovers battle a squad of American soldiers hell-bent on revenge.

 

Runtime: 1 Hour 32 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Fun Little Revenge Film

 

Story: Mohawk starts in 1812 as the war between the Americans and the British rage on through the native American land, forcing them to select which side to fight for. British soldier Joshua Pinsmail (Farren) is working with the Native American Calvin Two Rivers (Rain) while also being involved in a relationship with native American Okwaho (Horn).

When the Americans led by Hezekiah Holt (Buzzington) stumble across the three, they must work together to defeat the soldiers after their own people become the victims of the soldiers.

 

Thoughts on Mohawk

 

Characters – Okwaho is the native American women that is torn between her two loves, but fighting the same war as them, she is a warrior at heart and will fight for her land. Joshua Pinsmall is one of the British soldiers that has been working with the Native Americans to fight the American soldiers, he is in love with Okwaho and will always do the right thing when it comes to fighting. Calvin Two Rivers believes he is a great warrior and works to defend his land with Joshua. Hezikiah Holt is the commander of the American soldiers, he doesn’t like anyone left behind and will kill anyone that isn’t on his side. We have his men as part of the characters too, but here is one of the biggest issues I have with the film, they have moments where they want to do the soldier way, then the next minute they were happy just to get a kill and this never stayed the same through the film.

PerformancesKaniehtiio Horn is great in the leading role of this film, her character may take time to show us what she is capable off, but once she is let loose we are going to like what we see from her. Ezra Buzzington in the villainous role is strong throughout the film as he makes us hate his character from early on which is what we need to do. Eamon Farren and Justin Rain are both good in the supporting roles and a shout out to Jon Huber, better known a Harper in WWE who gives one of the best supporting role performances from any wrestler trying their hand at acting.

StoryThe story here plays on the war between the Americans, British and Native Americans in the early 1800s, it showed how the natives were almost stuck in the middle of a war for their land being forced to pick a side. We see how soldiers can get out of control when let loose against an enemy. We get the revenge angle against the soldiers which plays into Native American folklore and does everything it needs to for the ideas of a revenge film.

Action/Horror/Romance/WarThe action is brutal with the weapons for the time being used in the fights. The horror comes from the hunting down people in the film and with the kills. The romance between Okwaho and Joshua giving us the motivation to fight for more and the war side of the film shows just how the Native Americans were stuck in the middle of war happening on their land.

SettingsThe film is set in the woods which shows us how the Native American land would have been in the middle of the war that was never about them.

Special EffectsThe effects in the film are good when it comes to the kills we see with the battles between the two sides.


Scene of the Movie –
The final battle is worth the wait.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The consistency of the American soldier’s decisions.

Final ThoughtsThis is a fun revenge film that touches on the serious nature of the 1800s war and how it effective the natives of America.

 

Overall: A revenge film that is an easy watch.

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Franchise Weekend – Dumb and Dumber To (2014)

Director: Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly

Writer: Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly, Sean Anders, John Morris, Bennett Yellin, Mike Cerrone (Screenplay)

Starring: Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels, Rob Riggle, Laurie Holden, Rachel Melvin, Steve Tom, Don Lake

 

Plot: Twenty years since their first adventure, Lloyd and Harry go on a road trip to find Harry’s newly discovered daughter, who was given up for adoption.


Tagline – The average person uses 10% of their brain capacity. Imagine what he could do with 1%.

Runtime: 1 Hour 49 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Embarrassing Sequel

 

Story: Dumb and Dumber To starts after the twenty years has passed, Lloyd (Carrey) has been playing a coma out for this time with Harry (Daniels) seeing him every week, when Lloyd ends the joke, we learn Harry needs a new kidney and discovers he has a long lost daughter, leading to the two going on another cross-country trip to locate her.

 

Thoughts on Dumb and Dumber To

 

Characters – Lloyd and Harry are both back, only twenty years older and still not on the intelligence level of the average person, strangely they do seem to be dumber than last time out. The mis-adventures continue for them and they cross the line in ways they never did before. We have the criminal characters who are not the most notorious of all them either.

PerformancesJim Carrey has gone off the radar now, he has lost his comic timing and this is showing how bad it has got, Jeff Daniels had built up a good reputation over the recent years, now he throws it out the window for this. The rest of the cast do the best they can with this terrible script.

StoryThis story follows similar paths to the previous film, the two must travel across the country to do deliver a package, we have a more serious idea behind the trip, but this gets swept under the rug as the forced terrible comedy tries to take over. This does try to keep the focus on the comedy duo which only drags everything down.

Adventure/ComedyThe adventure side of the film is the glimpse of the highlight in the film as the comedy is the biggest miss in years.

SettingsThe settings are not important, we do get references to previous films which is fine, but otherwise nothing special.


Scene of the Movie –
End credits, because it is over.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The jokes are insulting this time around.

Final ThoughtsThis is easily one of the worst movies I have seen in years, this forgets the heart of the first film and ends up being terrible experience.

 

Overall: Terrible is being nice.

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ABC Film Challenge – World Cinema – A – Apocalypto (2006)

Director: Mel Gibson

Writer: Mel Gibson, Farhad Safinia (Screenplay)

Starring: Rudy Youngblood, Dalia Hernandez, Jonathan Brewer, Morris Birdyellowhead

 

Plot: As the Mayan kingdom faces its decline, the rulers insist the key to prosperity is to build more temples and offer human sacrifices. Jaguar Paw, a young man captured for sacrifice, flees to avoid his fate.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Brutal Adventure Film

 

Story: Apocalypto starts as we meet a peaceful Mayan tribe living in the jungle, using it to survive the hardship as a unit, we have our hero of this story here Jaguar Paw (Youngblood) with a family, wife Seven (Hernandez) and a young child.

When morning comes Zero Wolf (Trujillo) sends his tribe into to attack and capture Jaguar Paw’s tribe, killing many and leaving the children to fend for themselves, but Jaguar Paw does get Seven out before she can be captured. The women are sold into slavery but the men they have been selected for ritual sacrifice to the Gods to solve the famine running through the city.

When it comes to Jaguar Paws sacrifice an eclipse happens and the people believe no more are needed force the captures to use them as target practise game, this gives Jaguar a chance to escape into the jungle and return to his wife.

 

Thoughts on Apocalypto

 

Characters – Jaguar Paw is our leading man, he is just a hunter for his tribe, but one with the forest, when his tribe comes under attack, saving his wife and child is the most important for him before he gets captured. He shows he will be the hardest to deal with and given a chance to escape he takes it using his knowledge of his forest to defeat his enemies. Seven is the wife that spends most of the film in the cave waiting for her husband to return. Zero Wolf is the leader of the hunters that take Jaguar Paw’s tribe captive for his own gain hoping to use them to sacrifice to the Gods, he does command the best from his men.

PerformanceNone of these actors were that well known before this film and that is an excellent thing because the performance do feel natural through each of the moments in the film, the situations show the horror, the pure desperation and harsh reality of the world they are living in.

StoryThe story shows the Mayan culture, the calm life they did live mixed with the heavy beliefs they once had which was considered one of their downfalls. We mostly just follow one man Jaguar Paw as he is taken into slavery but escapes to return to his wife before he becomes a sacrifice, it is a brutal adventure showing how barbaric the Mayan’s were when it came to sacrifice but it is also an intense experience seeing the struggle to survive.

Action/AdventureThe action is mostly surrounding the final third which follows the chase back to Jaguar Paw’s forest and how he must defeat the enemies chasing him using his knowledge, which does end up feeling like an adventure at times too.

SettingsThe setting all look fantastic, mostly jungle sequences with one temple based town which does have elements of CGI about it but does still look good through the film.

Special EffectsWhen you look at the effects we have good use of practical ones as we see the brutal kills throughout the film

Scene of the Movie – Waterfall.

That Moment That Annoyed Me This is one film that does suffer with the subtitles, which in all honesty weren’t needed to tell the story.

Final ThoughtsThis is a brutal bloody action adventure with the ones desire for our character to get home, back to safety with his family.

 

Overall: An intense experience worth watching.

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