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 »
Cal (Matt Bomer) tells David (Josh Wiggins) not to eat snow, as it takes more water to process snow into water, than the snow gives you, calling it a sure way to dehydration. This is incorrect. All one needs to process snow into virtually pure water, is heat, and very little of that, which the body readily provides. Eating frozen snow could, however, contribute to, or hasten hypothermia, especially in a state of compromised health, extreme cold, and diminished caloric intake.
Cal (or the screenwriter) may have confused eating snow with drinking seawater, which does take more water to process than it provides, to remove the salts, and will dehydrate a human body. See more »
This simple yet profound movie hit me deep in the heart. This movie is the reason I love indies. No CGI, no loud jumps, or scares. I haven't seen a survival drama told with such subtlety. Yes there are some really heart-stopping moments but I immensely appreciated the director's restraint in letting the audience tune in to what the characters were truly feeling rather than manipulate us with loud music & startles. Most of the movie rests on Matt Bomer's Cal & Josh Wiggins' David with lots of close shots of their faces. Matt Bomer has proved his mettle as an actor but I think this is his most subtle performance ever. The emotions on his face are so subtle yet so profound that he invites the audience to not want to blink lest you might miss a nuance. Josh Wiggins plays David's arc from a grumpy teen to a man so beautifully. Bill Pullman is a delight in a small but powerful role.
I felt as though I just traveled to Montana & spent time with Cal & David, the mountains, the moose, the bear, the deer, the wildlife. What a ride. Don't miss it!
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