David (Josh Wiggins), an urban teenager, journeys to rural Montana to hunt big game with his estranged, "off the grid" father, Cal (Matt Bomer). As they ascend deep into the wilderness, father and son struggle to connect on any level, until a brutal encounter leaves them both with serious injuries, forcing them into a struggle to survive. Based on the American short story "Walking Out."
According to the directors Christian Bale was almost cast in the role of Cal. Ultimately Bale decided against playing the part because he didn't want to spend time away from his family in a remote location so soon after the birth of his second child. See more »
Although this film is being compared to "Revenant" it can stand on its own merits. Call me old fashioned but, I love the fact they used a real grizzly. This not only added to the realism of the film but created film viewer anxiety. The aerial cinematography is outstanding and is not overdone. As with many movies where the editing around footprints in the snow falls short, this did not. The director took special care to work in the fresh snow. Several times I thought of the real danger the actors could be walking into.
Bottom line, the film had one shortcoming, the score. Even though the music blends into the scenes beautifully, it doesn't fit the wilds of Montana.
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