Cast: Jason Momoa, Robert Homer Mollohan, Lisa Bonet
Release Date: Now Available on Blu-Ray & DVD
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Film Rating: 8/10 Disc Rating: 7.5/10
Wolf, a Native American on the run after avenging his mother’s murder, flees across the desolate American West on his motorcycle, where he’ll discover that justice has a cost.
‘Road to Paloma’ is for the most part the story of a man named Wolf, a Native American who after killing a man in an act of vengeance for his mother is now on the run, just him and his bike. That is until he randomly ignites a friendship with a man named Cash who (along with his own bike) joins Wolf as he not only flees from the law, but also embarks on a quest to return his mothers ashes home as he believes she would want.
Jason Momoa delivers an impressive debut as director, and directing the film is far from the only duty he had on this one. Momoa is also credited as co-writer, producer, not to mention the lead star of the picture as well. He does a fantastic job in the director’s seat, as well as leading the cast which includes a number of talented individuals, some more known than others, but pretty much the entirety of the cast delivers solid performances here in each of their respective roles. The cast also includes Lisa Bonet (Momoa’s wife) Sarah Shahi, Chris Browning, Lance Henrickson (in a mere brief cameo role) and far too many other names to list here.
‘Road to Paloma’ is an impressive and moving film that really brings you into the heart of these character’s lives and makes you appreciate all of those random little moments and events in life; how one decision can change your life forever and force you to leave all you know behind for what you feel is right. The landscapes and imagery in the film is truly breathtaking and the soundtrack could not be more perfectly coordinated with the tone of the movie, consistently delivering songs that could not have been more suitable for each particular moment. I’m certainly very impressed with Jason Momoa’s directorial debut and can’t wait to see what he does next, hopefully continuing with his directing career to some extent as he certainly has some talent here as well. I would highly recommend ‘Road to Paloma’ as it really is a fantastic film and I think most will be quite surprised just how much they might enjoy it if they give it the chance.
The Blu-Ray release of ‘Road to Paloma’ features a full 1080p High Definition presentation utilizing the film’s original 2.40:1 Cinemascope Aspect Ratio. The video presentation on ‘Road to Paloma’ looks pretty solid as a whole and wonderfully compliments the gorgeous landscapes and beautiful scenery that are so frequent throughout the film. All of the movement (sometimes quite excessive to capture the tone), shapes, dark scenes and even the borders of the picture all look pretty great overall and no notable issues could be found within on my end.
The Blu-Ray release features a lossless 5.1 channel Dolby TrueHD soundtrack. For the most part this lossless multichannel soundtrack sounds pretty great and just helps engulf you into the film that much more. A lot of sequences are properly tame and calm, where others with more active situations (such as the regular shots of our leads riding their bikes throughout the countryside) really hit hard and are often amplified even more by the music. While it may not be a consistently active soundtrack always delivering noise from every which way, it perfectly complements the film and I imagine it should leave the fellow audiophiles pretty satisfied.
The Blu-Ray release of ‘Road to Paloma’ only contains a single special feature; a four and a half minute deleted scene titled ‘The Hunt’ which features a flashback of the murder/vengeance which in itself is pretty much the foundation for the film.
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Film Rating: 8/10
Disc Rating: 7.5/10
‘Road To Paloma’ is now available to own on Blu-Ray & DVD from WWE Studios & Anchor Bay Entertainment.