A millennial brace of lacrosse action propels “Crooked Arrows” through a thicket of cliches liberally planted in its path. The story of a ragtag Native American team rediscovering the tribal roots of the game to defeat preppie champions is rife with tired tropes, and lacking in three-dimensional characters or colorful plot twists. Happily for this Onondaga-financed production and vet director Steve Rash, gifted Native American lacrosse players lend hard-hitting impact to the game scenes. “Arrows” opens June 1, its strong sports content likely to trump its hokey storyline on the smallscreen.
Entrepreneurial, sportscar-driving, mixed-blooded Joe Logan (Brandon Routh, of “Superman Returns”) must coach his tribe’s abysmal high-school lacrosse team to win approval for a casino expansion deal. In the process, he bonds with his father (Gil Birmingham) and kid sister (Chelsea Ricketts), and renews ancestral pride all around. Helmer Rash heightens involvement by interspersing real and imagined lacrosse action on a sylvan, 1,000-year-old reservation course where bygone loin-clothed warriors and their jersey-clad descendants lope through the woods, wary of ambush lurking behind every tree, the ancient game proving a true contact sport with each brutal body blow.