Jason Momoa is doing pretty good. After really grabbing audience attention as Khal Drogo in Game of Thrones he has had a steady climb in his career including getting his own series, Frontier, starring in a remake of Conan the Barbarian, facing off against Sylvester Stallone in Bullet to the Head, and now playing the iconic DC superhero Aquaman in Justice League and later this year in his own movie, Aquaman, directed by James Wan. He will also be taking the coveted title role in an upcoming new film adaptation of The Crow. In between all of that he managed to put out a pretty great little action flick out now called Braven.
Momoa plays Joe Braven, a logging company owner in Canada living a good life with his wife and daughter and taking care of his father Linden (Stephen Lang) who is suffering from dementia. But when one of his employees, who has been using Joe’s trucks for drug running, hides a stash in Joe’s cabin, Joe and his family find themselves under siege from a ruthless dealer (Garret Dillahunt) who will stop at nothing to get his product.
Braven is a fantastically fun throwback action thriller that harkens to great films like Charles Bronson’s Death Hunt and Stallone’s Cliffhanger. Momoa as usual is a charismatic and capable lead, and backed up by the liked of Lang, Dillahunt, Zahn McClaron, Jill Wagner, and Brendan Fletcher, and filmed on location in Newfoundland, you can’t really go wrong here. The winter’s end setting with deep snow and deeper woods lends itself well to great chase scenes and fight sequences, and the whole dynamic of this family working together to protect themselves from bad guys is formula, but definitely formula that works like gangbusters. For a great 90 minute break from reality and a fun as hell action flick, check out Braven, it is highly recommended.