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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★★★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 Jack Liden on Letterboxd
A modern day Revenant with a much more crushing and realistic conclusion than I ever expected. Its somewhat forgettable resolution left the previous themes of the film a bit unsatisfied. The excellent acting performances and impressive effects of this film create very tangible suspense and drama during action sequences, which are probably the film's strongest moments for me.
★★★★ review by Matt Shiverdecker on Letterboxd
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★★★½ review by Jordan Barrett on Letterboxd
With daring landscapes and remote wilderness, Walking Out is the indie version of The Revenant. The father and son element works wonder at times, but sadly feels slightly underdeveloped and easy. Nevertheless Walking Out is still a bold, intense and gripping experience.
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