Mohawk ★★½

Zahler’s Bone Tomahawk offers an inevitable point of comparison to this historical fiction revenge tale. While Mohawk thankfully eschews that film’s risible “conservative” values, it undeniably is a less compelling and accomplished piece of cinema as well. Unconvincing performances and period detail are big hurdles here, but so are characters that are barely shaded, and an attempt to make up for an obviously low budget with an endless series of scenes set in the woods. All is not lost, however, as the last twenty minutes find Geoghegan in his brutal element, evoking ‘70s exploitation cinema not only with his lingering close-ups of gore, but also with a sense of hopelessness that castrates even the film’s would-be cathartic final moments.