Game of Thrones’ Jason Momoa makes his debut as co-writer and director with Road to Paloma, a freewheeling, Easy Rider-style road movie set amid the stark grandeur of the American Southwest.
He also stars as a motorbike-riding Native American fugitive who is being pursued by the authorities after killing the man who raped and murdered his mother.
Don’t expect any high-speed chases, though. The pace is much more rambling than that, with the leisurely tempo giving ample opportunity to make some telling points about the unfair treatment of Native Americans by the US justice system.
There's time, too, to admire the beautiful cinematography as Momoa’s outlaw hooks up on the road with a variety of colourful characters, including a boozy vagabond musician (Robert Homer Mollohan) and an alluringly sexy bohemian, played by Lisa Bonet, Momoa’s real-life wife.
Certificate 15. Runtime 87 mins. Director Jason Momoa
Road to Paloma is showing today on Sky Movies Premiere and is available on DVD from Platform Entertainment.
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A film critic for over 25 years, Jason admits the job can occasionally be glamorous – sitting on a film festival jury in Portugal; hanging out with Baz Luhrmann at the Chateau Marmont; chatting with Sigourney Weaver about The Archers – but he mostly spends his time in darkened rooms watching films. He’s also written theatre and opera reviews, two guide books on Rome, and competed in a race for Yachting World, whose great wheeze it was to send a seasick film critic to write about his time on the ocean waves. But Jason is happiest on dry land with a classic screwball comedy or Hitchcock thriller.