Survival movies are nothing new but have been trying to make a comeback for a while now. Last years The Mountain Between Us, Robert Redford in All is Lost, the Oscar winning The Revenant, Daniel Radcliffe’s Jungle, and Chris Hemsworth’s In the Heart of the Sea and multiple titles more enshrouded in the horror genre. A new smaller film is out now that takes things on a little different of a direction, Walking Out.
A teenager from the city, David (Josh Wiggins) begrudgingly travels to rural Montana to spend time bonding with his dad Cal (Matt Bomer). David is only interested in his friends and his phone, but his father is insistent they spend their time off the grid and hunting big game together. As they move deeper into the wilderness with both of them trying desperately to connect to one another, a brutal encounter leaves both of them with serious injuries forcing them to work together to try and survive.
Walking Out is an interesting thriller for a few reasons. The wilderness is beautiful and scary, the photography is gorgeous and both Bomer and Wiggins are excellent. Bomer especially is playing a not too likable character which is pretty out of character for him. But where this movie stands out is in the time it takes before tragedy strikes to get to know the characters and for them to interact and try to figure each other out. Most movies like this would have the encounter happen early on and the majority of the movie be the survival element, but leaving it to the last third of the movie really strengthens the drama and makes you care about this father and son as you have spent intimate time with them and their complicated relationship. This is also a movie that tests a not too popular point of view nowadays. Hunting is really revered by Bomer’s character, which is something that I personally don’t agree with. But it made the movie more interesting to see this approach in telling someone’s story because not every story should be from a point of view I particularly share. Well written, well-acted and a very good film on many levels, Walking Out is definitely worth checking out for something a little different.