While he made a name for himself in Stargate: Atlantis, Jason Momoa has been tearing up the screen with his turn as Conan and most notably in Game of Thrones. Now he is not only starring but stepping behind the camera for his directorial debut with his latest film Road to Paloma. We all know he has the chops to play a bad ass but does he have the skill to take the reign of a film and bring something special to the industry?
Road to Paloma follows a Native American on the run after avenging his mother's murder. As he flees across the desolate American West on his motorcycle, he'll discover that justice has a cost and his search for redemption will reveal secrets and take him on a journey where the roads have some very unexpected turns. This film sports a great supporting cast including Tye Alexander, Lisa Bonet, Chris Browning, Charlie Brumbly, Tanoai Reed, Sarah Shahi, Wes Studi, and Michael Raymond-James with each bringing their own thing to the film, but this is Momoa’s film all the way. He has crafted a modern day western of sorts with him taking on the role of the drifter and does an excellent job bringing it to life on both sides of the camera. This could have easily been shifted to the action aspect, but instead it is a character story of sorts focusing on his redemption as well as his impact on those that he comes into contact with. Momoa is an imposing figure, but manages to bring some heart to the role that makes him likeable and has more depth than it might have been otherwise.
The desert visual throughout the road trip creates a simplistic beautiful backdrop that gives the film a much bigger scope. This story focus on the Indian culture makes for a unique take bring in the culture and tradition to the character allowing it a chance to display the honor and tradition that this seemingly bad guy actually has making for a modern day samurai on some level, especially with some of the rituals used throughout. This isn’t some hardcore action movie that most may have expected from Momoa, but instead a character driven road to redemption that is sure to elevate Momoa to another level as an actor and filmmaker.
Check out Road to Paloma when it hits stores on July 15th.