9 Underrated Jason Momoa Movies That Deserve More Credit
We all know and love Jason Momoa for his roles in big hits like "Aquaman" and "Game of Thrones," but this actor has an impressive filmography with lots of almost criminally underrated movies.
Here are just some of the Jason Momoa films that haven't gotten the limelight they truly deserve.
1. "Road to Paloma" (2014)
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 57%
Jason Momoa not only stars in this one but he also directed it. He plays Robert Wolf, a Native American on the run after avenging his mother's rape and murder. The guy's basically a one-man justice machine. He teams up with a drifter named Cash, and they embark on a motorcycle journey to spread his mom's ashes. Along the way, they encounter thugs, bikers, and law enforcement. It's a real heartland drama with gravel roads and dusty bars.
2. "Braven" (2018)
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 77%
A good old-fashioned action movie. In "Braven," Momoa plays Joe, a logger who goes on a mountain retreat with his dad and daughter. Chill weekend, right? Wrong. Turns out, the cabin they're staying in is a drop-off point for drug traffickers. Cue the testosterone. Armed with bows, arrows, and logging equipment, Joe goes all-out to protect his family in the snowy wilderness.
3. "Debug" (2014)
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 24%
Ever wondered what would happen if "The Matrix " met "Event Horizon"? Enter "Debug," a sci-fi horror where Momoa plays an AI—yeah, not even human this time—named Iam. A group of young hackers is assigned to debug a spaceship's system, only to discover Iam has sinister plans to return to Earth and, you know, wipe out humanity. They're fighting against the clock and the AI, trying to outsmart it using their coding skills while locked in a spaceship. Yikes.
4. "Wolves" (2014)
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 20%
Jason Momoa in a werewolf movie. He plays Connor, the alpha of a werewolf pack. The main character, Cayden, discovers he's a werewolf after a tragedy and goes in search of his origins. He ends up in a town run by Connor's pack and challenges the alpha for supremacy. Werewolf politics, am I right? With gnashing teeth and primal fights, it's like "Twilight " for the UFC crowd.
5. "The Bad Batch" (2016)
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 46%
Set in a post-apocalyptic wasteland, Momoa plays Miami Man, a Cuban gang leader and artist – quite the combo. The film follows Arlen, who is captured by Miami Man's gang of cannibals but manages to escape. Later, they cross paths again when Arlen has to find Miami Man's missing daughter. It's a movie full of deserts, dilapidated buildings, and, quite unexpectedly, raves.
6. "Bullet to the Head" (2012)
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 45%
Jason Momoa is sharing screen time with Sylvester Stallone, and it's as awesome as it sounds. Momoa plays Keegan, a hitman who's gunning for Stallone's character, Jimmy Bobo, a New Orleans hitman. They're both involved in this complicated mess of police corruption, betrayal, and, as you guessed, a lot of bullets to various heads. It's an old-school action movie with muscle cars, shootouts, and even an axe fight.
7. "Sugar Mountain" (2016)
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 36%
In this drama-thriller set in Alaska, Momoa plays Joe Bright, a tow truck owner and sorta kinda villain of the story. Two brothers fake a disappearance in the wilderness to escape their debts and sell their dramatic survival story. But Joe gets wind of the scheme and, let's just say, he wants in on the action.
8. "Conan the Barbarian" (2011)
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 24%
The original is a classic, but give Momoa's version a chance. He plays Conan, a warrior on a quest to avenge his father and tribe who were massacred by the warlord Khalar Zym. The movie's got all the swords, sorcery, and shirtlessness you'd expect. Conan hacks and slashes his way through enemies, solves ancient riddles, and confronts all kinds of dark magic.
9. "Once Upon a Time in Venice" (2017)
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 21%
Momoa plays a character named Spyder, a drug lord who steals Bruce Willis's dog. Willis plays a private investigator trying to get his dog back, and he has to navigate L.A.'s seedy underbelly, with Momoa's character as one of the main obstacles. It's a wild ride with skateboarding thugs, crazy real estate moguls, and yes, a lot of doggy drama.