The first major film on the history and present sport of lacrosse brings a feel good film to the family room. A high school lacrosse team from a small reservation journeys toward victory in this “cheer for the underdog” film. “Crooked Arrows” skillfully weaves a story of perseverance, perceptions of Indigenous identity and fills the screen with action that portrays why lacrosse is one of the fastest growing sports in the world.
“Crooked Arrows” is an Indigenous story, as the film begins by showing Haudenosaunee (or Iroquois) honoring the Creator by playing lacrosse. More importantly, the cast, crew and collaborators were Indigenous People; and therefore this sports drama brings a unique humor that provides a small glimpse into often overlooked communities. A delighted audience will join this community as they undoubtedly root for this team of misguided youth.
The story is about a high school lacrosse team, called the “Crooked Arrows”, who are typically underfunded and ill equipped to deal with their rivals. They also lack a coach, which is where John Logan (Brandon Routh) is informed that his plans for a expanded Casino will be supported by his father (Gil Birmingham of Twilight Saga fame) if he will coach for a season. Coach Logan is thrust into a role where he must confront his past and lead more than just himself into the future.
Insert a few training montages, two plot twists, plus those all important cultural and life lessons for the misfits turned heroes and the recipe for awe inspiring lacrosse action is wonderfully served. Once this group of individuals comes together as a team, the action sequences are nonstop as behind the back goals, bone jarring hits and tricky plays highlight the casts’ real lacrosse playing abilities. Like the infamous “Maug” walking out of the forest to lead the team’s defense, “Crooked Arrows” delivers a solid hit for the iconic sport of lacrosse.
Review by Juxtin Cash; he can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.