This picture has been sorely under-rated at the very least. For an independent first shot at writing & directing from an actor who does nearly all action work, I just can't find all that many flaws. It is shot beautifully, the acting is superb, and the story sticks in your craw for a while after it has ended; ...say any of that about 99&3/4% of what'll be put out and will make fortunes this year. This is not a bloody revenge tale, as borne out by the choice to explain but never depict the killing that put Robert Wolf on the run, but rather a quiet, thoughtful, & deeply felt portrait of a natural outsider forlornly trying to navigate through a world he can never play a part in or even clearly understand. Jason Momoa plays a lot of these tribal/barbarian-type characters (Declan Harp, the Cimmerian, Khal Drogo, etc), who live in the distant past or in some completely fictional world where a good weapon and the inclination, heart, skill, & muscle to use it will serve them well. These characters are not savages, they just value love, loyalty, courage, justice, & above all freedom, while feeling no obligation to submit to someone else's misbegotten laws, in a place and time where what a man can or can't do for himself and his own people is all that really matters. A line from Conan, "Barbarians may be warriors, but they do not sacrifice their children or enslave their allies, like the priests & princes of the civilized world," comes to mind. In other words, none of them had ever been counted among the weak & fearful populace of 20th or 21st century earth. I'm quite sure it was never considered or intended during this film's development or production, but all the way through I kept feeling that Wolf was deep down of a kind with those other Momoa characters, say Harp or the Dothraki, & that he is living what they would all find for themselves if they were to be pulled out of their own lands & lives, & plunked down into 2014 America. They wouldn't be out-matched for a second, just out-lawed, all alone & vastly outnumbered, and so, sadly lost.