Though there's nothing terribly profound or unique about actor
This simmering little film finds Momoa (from the 2011
Wolf crosses America's stark Southwest by motorcycle, winding his way through a series of encounters — some random, others purposeful — as the authorities hunt him down. En route, he reconnects with family, including his wary father (
Wolf's endgame may be to scatter his dear mother's ashes in a final resting place, but peace for everyone on this fraught journey may ultimately be hard to find.
Despite the script's bluntly stacked deck and plain-spoken dialogue (Momoa wrote with Mollohan and Jonathan Hirschbein), there are unexpected notes of power and grace throughout.
Momoa creates an involving if relaxed pace, one whose moody rhythms are infused with a kind of soulful spirituality. He's helped immeasurably by Brian Andrew Mendoza's stirring cinematography, which captures the film's dark corners and wide open spaces with equal skill. Cool soundtrack too.
"Road to Paloma."
MPAA rating: R for language, sexuality, nudity, drug use and violence, including sexual assault.
Running time: 1 hour, 31 minutes.