‘Late in the War of 1812, a young Mohawk woman and her two lovers battle a squad of American soldiers hell-bent on revenge.’
Now I will admit that I was pretty excited about this film when I heard things about it in the news. It is an interesting concept and I love history. We have real events here, but this is a fictional story. What happened here could most definitely have really happened though. This has a few different concepts meshed together. This is a revenge film for both sides, Buzzington’s character for his son while you have Horn's character for her people. Both sides think they are justified in what they are doing, which makes for a good dynamic. This also seems to have a supernatural element in the end as well, which I also found interesting. The problem though is that the film kind of becomes stagnant at times. There was a few times I started to lose interest and that kind of was a disappointment there. I did like how the film ends as it has not only a definite thing that happens, but it also has a little bit of an ambiguous feel which I also enjoy.
The acting was really good for the most part. Horn was solid as the heroine. The only issue I had with her was her outfit as it just doesn’t seem real or fit the time period. Her look was great and the change in her character is also. Buzzington is great opposite her as the villain. What I really like is that he doesn’t feel anything he does is wrong and I love it. He is such an evil man. Farren is solid as that supporting character for Horn. They keep each other going. Rain was solid as well, but I was confused if he was her brother or a former lover. Huber was fun to see here. He was in the WWE as part of the Wyatt family. He doesn’t really bring a lot to the film unfortunately. I did think the rest of the soldiers and Native American roles round out the film pretty well.
The effects of the film were really good in my opinion. This film is quite bloody, which looked real. There are also some effects where people are inflicted with different things and it looked great. There were also times that I thought they should show a little more and they decided not to. That did let me down a bit. All of this seemed to be done practically which I loved. The editing had issues, which I kind of alluded to. The tension doesn’t build due to what is happening in the story. I’m not sure if this is a writing issue or an editing issue. It has the elements that could continue to build, but for whatever reason it loses it. I am wondering if there was just a little bit too much concept wise going on. Now when the climax approaches and the climax itself is good, but there are parts where the lull is noticeable. The score was pretty good though, which does help to make up for parts of the film for me. It helped to set the tone of the scene.
Now with that said, even though this film wasn’t exactly what I wanted it to be, I still feel that it is above average. It has an interesting setting, being a period piece, and being a revenge film. It is really something we don’t get a lot of. It doesn’t unfortunately go far enough to be great. I do like the climax and how it ends. The acting was pretty solid across the board. The two leads are definitely great as being the opposites of each other, but still thinking what they are doing is right. The effects that are shown are great, the only negative is there were a few spots I wanted more. The editing has issues with building tension and pace, but that could be a writing issue. Regardless, it was noticeable for me. The score does help the film though. I would say that this is a slightly above average film and despite its flaws is a still a film I’d recommend giving a viewing to.