Following the untimely death of his grandpa Gus, thirteen-year-old Shaun disregards his parents' wishes and embarks upon a great journey into the wild with his dog Riley to spread his grandpa's ashes from a remote mountaintop.


Mark Hefti (screenplay), Steven Paul (additional writing) | 1 more credit »





Credited cast:
Jon Voight ... Gus
Jamie Kennedy ... Kristopher
Vail Bloom ... Rachel
Aidan Cullen Aidan Cullen ... Shaun
Derrick Van Orden ... Eartle
Matthew Davis Matthew Davis ... Emri
Reila Aphrodite ... Lisa
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Cheryl Abrao Cheryl Abrao ... Funeral Attendee
Matt Bevin Matt Bevin ... The Governor
Sheri Carbone ... Sheri / Teacher
Susan Coleman Susan Coleman ... Delilah McQueen
Lisette Markham ... Mourner at wake
J.J. Nolan ... Dog Walker
Jessica Jayne Nolan Jessica Jayne Nolan ... Dog walker
Lare Roberts ... Mourner at wake


Against the wishes of his parents (who are in the midst of a messy divorce), a young boy steals the ashes of his dead Grandfather and runs away into the wilderness with his dog. The boy is determined to fulfill his beloved Grandpa's dying wishes and spread his ashes atop a remote mountain. Along the treacherous journey, the boy and the dog are accompanied by the ghost of his Grandpa, who helps them on their journey, brings the family back together and gives the boy one last chance to say goodbye.

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Rated PG-13 for language, some suggestive material, and thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Parts of the movie were filmed at the Red River Gorge in Eastern Kentucky. See more »


As the father is checking to see how the wife is doing in the tent at night, a red blinking light is seen behind him in the woods, supposedly way out in the middle of nowhere. See more »

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Just Couldn't Buy In Here
3 April 2018 | by larrys3See all my reviews

When 13-year-old Shaun's (Aidan Cullen) grandfather Gus (Jon Voight) dies, to whom he was very close, Shaun wants to spread his ashes on "Delilah's Peak", in the Kentucky hillsides. However, his parents Rachel and Kris (Vail Bloom and Jamie Kennedy) will have none of it.

Encouraged and guided by the spiritual and "physical presence" of Gus, Shaun decides to take the risky trek to "Delilah's Peak" himself, along with Gus's aging dog Riley. He'll lie to each parent, who are divorcing and living separately, that he's going away with the other.

Shaun will encounter all kinds of dangers on this journey as you can imagine. Predictably, the parents will eventually figure out what has happened, and so do you think they might call the police? Let's just say that's one of a number of moronic decisions and plot elements that the viewer is asked to swallow.

I thought this movie, which has some spiritual themes thrown in along the way, has its moments but it just all seems to get more preposterous as it continues. Sorry, I just couldn't buy in to all of this. At least the cinematography was gorgeous.

To note, on my DVD copy obtained at Redbox, there were only Spanish subtitles, but I was able to access English subtitles through my remote closed captions.

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Release Date:

5 January 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Surviving the Wild See more »

Filming Locations:

Louisville, Kentucky, USA


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$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Haunted Doll Company See more »
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1.85 : 1
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