Starring: Matt Bomer, Josh Wiggins
Director: Alex Smith
Runtime: 1 hour, 35 minutes
Based on the short story by David Quammen
Adventure | Drama | SLIFF | 2017
It took awhile for me to get into this film, because I don’t necessarily like hunting or think people should do it, but hey it’s a free country and it’s legal so I’m not gonna go trying to save all the animals… as long as I don’t have to see it happening. So for the better part of the beginning of Walking Out I wasn’t a huge fan. Matt Bomer plays Cal, a father who lives for hunting for the sole purpose of eating meat. His son David (played by Josh Wiggins) comes to visit him for a weekend long hunting trip.
The start off with birds then go on the hunt for a moose (this saddens me because moose are so beautiful and peaceful why go killing them?). Well, of course they are in the northern part of Montana, in the mountains, so it’s snowing the entire time. I could feel the cold from the screen. Needless to saying something bad happens and David has to find a way to get back to civilization with his dad.
For the most part, the film was boring. There were some parts in the middle, particularly the bear scenes that led to more excitement, but the end was fairly boring too. It was literally like 45 minutes of him walking and trying to get back for help. Reminded me a lot of The Way Back in the sense that the entire movie was just them walking.
It also reminded me a lot of The Revenant.. For the disgusting reasons I’m not going to think about anymore.. though it wasn’t as disgusting so that’s a plus.
I also thought the music was a bit much at times, but majority of it was just fine and mostly fitting.
I felt like the acting was great in this film. David the scared yet determined son and Cal the father who just wants his son to share his interests and to have the same experiences he had with his father. There were several times the movie flashed back to Cal and his father on hunting trips. I personally liked the way they did it, the filming being different (like being shot on a 70s camera) so it was evident that it was a flashback.
I’m going to have to go in the middle of the road with me rating. The acting was good, I loved the scenery, and the middle parts had some excitement. For the most part it was just boring. “Okay” in my opinion, but glad I was able to watch it for SLIFF. (2.5/5).
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