Welcome Scribbler Fans! Feind has been riding a streak of great Indie films lately and today will be no exception. I’ve been lucky not to have clicked on any stinkers lately but perhaps that is because I’ve stayed away from the big Hollywood “blockbusters” of late. Though I am dying to see Guardians of the Galaxy which earned me a prompt “Nerd!” response from my lovely lady. But until then I found another piece of Indie gold for you…
I was a bit bored a few nights ago since it’s still summer so there aren’t too many shows that I watch to relax in the evening though you should most definitely check out The Strain (check out my little Spoiler free intro to the series) on Sunday nights because that is very good. I’ll probably do a little season review for you here once it ends. But today what I have is a little slice of Indie gold as it seems everything I decide to watch lately is just damn good, I love when that happens. Once again this is far from horror but it a very well told story that you should check out if that attracts you as it does me.
Most of you, especially you ladies, probably recognize Jason Momoa from Game of Thrones though as that show (of course based on the awesome books by James RR Martin) has a tendency to kill off characters just to let you know that no one is ever safe Momoa sadly only lasted one season. You may also recognize him from the Conan The Barbarian remake from a couple years ago (sadly that flick is pretty much a hot mess so do not bother seeking it out) and it’s rumored we may see him pop up somewhere in the DC Comics film universe though no one knows as who yet (rumors are Aquaman but no one knows). Here you get to see Momoa not only as star but Road to Paloma is also his directorial debut behind the camera. So what is Road To Paloma all about? I promise King Spoiler Feind is making every attempt to make this fairly spoiler free as I know this is a small film that not many have seen though you should.
Road To Paloma is about an outsider biker Wolf (played by Momoa of course) who appears to really just be a drifter. Wolf is a Native American (I think Momoa is actually Samoan not Native American but I’ll have to look it up - *Oh Feind was so close... I looked it up Momoa is Hawiian!) who winds up hooking up with another unaffiliated biker Cash (Robert Homer Mollohan) seemingly just to roam. The two make camp alongside the road one night and Wolf (Momoa) stumbles across a woman being raped. He intervenes and rushes the victim to the sheriff’s office, it’s closer than the hospital. The pair are momentarily held as suspects by the officer on night duty until Wolf reveals his name and the officer lets them go to Cash’s astonishment.
The pair take off finding a more secluded spot to make camp for the night where Wolf has no real choice but to tell his partner his true story. This is where we find out that Wolf has been on the run from the authorities for a few years. He tells his friend that he and his father came home one night to find a man had beaten and raped his mother. The perpetrator was arrested but due to a technicality ended up doing less than a year in jail even though his mother had succumbed to her injuries and died. When the man was released Wolf had sought out his own justice killing the man (*This is not really a spoiler if you have read even the briefest synopsis of the film). Something anyone should be able to sympathize with. The movie had already shown a pair of FBI agents attempting to find Wolf but it isn’t until this point that we learn why.
The FBI agents in pursuit (played by Lance Henriksen & Timothy V. Murphy) have all the moral scruples of those they put in prison and probably less. They beat, threaten and so on to get information leading them to Wolf. Wolf pays one last visit to his sister Magdalena (Lisa Bonet) & her husband Irish (Michael Raymond-James) to see his newborn nephew before heading into tribal lands to spread his mother’s ashes. Of course our FBI agent douchebags track Wolf to his sister’s threatening to take her child away unless they give up where Wolf is headed. Wolf’s friend and brother-in-law, Irish, has no choice but to relent leading the agents to where Wolf is headed.
I won’t spoil the ending and I don’t think anything I’ve given away here is much of a spoiler as most of what I’ve told you can be found in any general description of the film. It was a very well done film all around from Mamoa’s first trip behind the camera to his and the other actors in front of it. There are a few minor flaws but for a small Indie film they can easily be overlooked as insignificant, as they should be. Again if you like a well acted good story you’ll like this one as this Scribbler did though I can see many will disagree given that it has just over a 50% audience approval on Rotten Tomatoes. I don't know what people are thinking sometimes.
As you can see if you read all that rather than just skipping to the bottom for your own spoiler Road To Paloma was most definitely…
Has anyone out there seen this little Indie gem? Plan to now? Let us know what you think in the comments below.
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