A city teen who travels to Montana to go hunting with his estranged father only for the strained trip to become a battle for survival when they encounter a grizzly bear
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★★★★ review by Jordan on Letterboxd
★★★½ review by Grant Meuers on Letterboxd
I feel like this has and might continue to fly under the radar. It's a really compelling exploration of nature, familial bonds, and the pitfalls of toxic masculinity. It has really, really strong performances from the two leads, especially Josh Wiggins, exceptional and natural as the son half of the father-son central relationship. There're some flashbacks concerning the dad's childhood that aren't particularly elegant or interesting, but the story he tells turns out to be narratively important and they ultimately coalesce into an emotional payoff. Not sure they needed to be there (along with a kind of distracting Bill Pullman), or at least featured as prominently, because the writing is strong -- as is Bomer's performance -- and it's really the son's movie. Ultimately, though, its most brutal moments are its best, and the work with animals (a mix of real, CG, and taxidermy, apparently), the pacing, the performances, and really, the storytelling, cohere into something worth seeking out.
★★★½ review by Max the Movie Guy on Letterboxd
Basically me and me parents the past few springs and summers, except we carry binoculars instead of guns.
★★★½ review by Steven Sheehan on Letterboxd
What begins as a rites-of-passage, evolves into a fight against the elements and a struggle to stay alive in the harshest of conditions. A third film by brothers Alex and Andrew Smith - who also penned the script - takes us to the snow covered mountains of Montana during early winter, where a father and son's fragile relationship is tested to its extreme. David Quammen’s short story of the same name serves as the basis for an adaptation that is stripped down to the bare bones.
★★★½ review by Jack Liden on Letterboxd
A modern day Revenant with a conclusion more crushing and honest than I ever expected. The excellent performances create very tangible suspense and drama during the action sequences, which are probably the film's strongest moments for me.
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