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Review: A bumpy journey into Lunaape land with 'The Red Road'

Jason Momoa stars in The Red Road on the Sundance Channel.

The Hollywood Reporter encounters some flawed storytelling in The Red Road, a new Sundance show that's based on the Ramapough Lunaape Nation of New Jersey:
Creator and writer Aaron Guzikowski sets up a story with a lot of potential. It focuses on conflict between the small Native American Lanape tribe in the mountains of New Jersey and the Walpole, N.J., police. Generations of tension expands dangerously when a young Indian boy is badly injured in a hit-and-run accident that the police are having trouble with. Witnesses believe it was Jean Jensen (Julianne Nicholson), wife of police officer Harold Jensen (Martin Henderson) and daughter of a state senator.

That part is true – and the back story of how Jean got up into the mountains on a dark night is initially interesting, but then highlights some of the problems with the Red Road script.

The Jensens, who have two daughters, are having marital problems because of Jean’s drinking. While trying to sober up, she’s having difficulty keeping her emotions in check while dealing with 16-year-old Rachel (Allie Gonino), who is secretly seeing Junior (Kiowa Gordon), a Lanape. This is more than just a race or class issue, we find out, when Jean – prone to flying off the handle at Rachel – discloses that her twin brother drowned when some guy from the Lanape tribe gave him drugs and watched him drown.

Get the Story:
The Red Road: TV Review (The Hollywood Reporter 2/25)

Another Review:
TV reviews: 'The Red Road' and 'Vikings' (The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2/26)

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