Is Mile Post 398 a perfect Native film? A riveting slice of rez life? Let's see.
Note to filmmakers: If your English-speaking actors need translators, something's wrong. If you have to portray drunks, tone it down...way down. Make them quiet drunks who speak in slurred but normal tones. Think Dean Martin, Red Skelton, or Foster Brooks, not a two-legged donkey.
So Mile Post 398 isn't a perfect Native film. If the De La Rosas had avoided the structural problems and the hard-to-understand drunks, it could've been great. As it is, I'd say it's very good. Rob's rating: 8.0 of 10.
For more on the subject, see The Best Indian Movies.