The main character, Roman, has the personality of a Dublin bus driver and the temperament of McGregor selling whiskey. He's a man with heavy fists and a soft heart. His strength in body allows him to maintain his independence in the prison yard, he makes no alliances and it's questionable if he makes any friends, but he observes his surroundings and he's willing to go to battle against those who thread on his dreams.
By joining Roman Coleman on his journey we discover that some crimes have complex motives and it's not always easy to judge a man for his actions.
This made me realise that although Dublin bus is an advertisement for the taxi industry it's not fair to assume that all drivers are rude because of their upbringing. Some might have had good parents but are just innate assholes, some might be angry because they weren't lucky enough to win the lotto, and some might think it's acceptable behaviour to shout at pensioners.
Either way, just like Roman they are practicing cowboys hoping for a better future and a chance to find inner freedom, because you can't love others if you hate yourself.
The parallels between Roman and the wild horse he's trying to tame are evident from the get go. As he comes to learn more about his horse "Marquis" he learns to tame himself and in doing so he opens up for the first time since his sentencing.
Unlike getting on Dublin bus this movie is relatively family friendly, it's got a lot of soul and pensioners rate it as a much more pleasant experience than asking drivers for assistance.
Although we've only travelled with Roman for a short period in his life we get a sense that change is possible. Although his future is unclear I would hold out more hope for him than the income of a Dublin bus post driver post automation, where buses are run by computers and drivers make a living off of a reasonable standard of customer service.
Redemption is for everyone.