A group of U.S. soldiers returning from Iraq struggle to integrate back into family and civilian life, while living with the memory of a war that threatens to destroy them long after they've left the battlefield.
Stranded after a tragic plane crash, two strangers must forge a connection to survive the extreme elements of a remote snow-covered mountain. When they realize help is not coming, they embark on a perilous journey across the wilderness.
David (Josh Wiggins), an urban teenager, journeys to rural Montana to hunt big game with his estranged, "off the grid" father, Cal (Matt Bomer). As they ascend deep into the wilderness, father and son struggle to connect on any level, until a brutal encounter leaves them both with serious injuries, forcing them into a struggle to survive. Based on the American short story "Walking Out."
According to the directors Christian Bale was almost cast in the role of Cal. Ultimately Bale decided against playing the part because he didn't want to spend time away from his family in a remote location so soon after the birth of his second child. See more »
Cal (Matt Bomer) tells David (Josh Wiggins) not to eat snow, as it takes more water to process snow into water, than the snow gives you, calling it a sure way to dehydration. This is incorrect. All one needs to process snow into virtually pure water, is heat, and very little of that, which the body readily provides. Eating frozen snow could, however, contribute to, or hasten hypothermia, especially in a state of compromised health, extreme cold, and diminished caloric intake.
Cal (or the screenwriter) may have confused eating snow with drinking seawater, which does take more water to process than it provides, to remove the salts, and will dehydrate a human body. See more »
Carried him out?
On his back. I saw it.
How could he?
I don't know, I suppose he couldn't... But he did.
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The just-released "Walking Out" had me from the get-go. Having lived my entire life west of the Mississippi to varying degrees, I have a powerful appreciation and respect for the independent spirit of the region's people together with the indigenous wonder of the land. From its opening frame this is a chronicle presented amidst the breathtaking grandeur of the unforgiving Montana backcountry. As such, then, I was an instant sucker for what was to follow. It did not disappoint.
Matt Bomer (TV's "White Collar") as Cal and Josh Wiggins ("Max") as David are father and son. They live miles, and worlds, apart. Their relationship is strained. The pair struggle to connect. Traipsing out into the snowy wilderness, Cal aims to teach his greenhorn teenage kid how a man properly tracks, hunts and kills a moose. But the plan winds up going awry. Horrifically so. And now they must struggle against nature and it's unpredictable threats to get out alive.
Bomer and Wiggins are genuinely remarkable strictly in terms of the ferocious physical demands required of each. The fact that their acting performances are equally as notable is a bonus. With the great Bill Pullman appearing in a periodic but pivotal role, "Walking Out" steps up to a more than worthwhile watch.
From a technical standpoint, Cinematographer Todd McMullen and Music Director Ernst Reijseger are particularly impressive. The images brought to us of the rugged "Big Sky Country" through McMullen's lens (especially the spectacular aerial views) are at once primal and magnificent. The majestic peaks, trees, rivers and streams captured on camera are all critical elements here. Reijseger's dazzling soundtrack is haunting, mesmerizing, a kind of modernistic mountain melody playing perfectly with the pictures.
Bear in mind that you're gonna need to be patient with "Walking Out". Co-Writers/Directors/Producers Alex and Andrew J. Smith (twin British brothers as it happens) take us on a journey intended to unfold gradually, in unhurried layers, with generous investment in contemplation and reflection. This is thoughtful filmmaking. Meticulous effort is made to tell a complete story. A resonant narrative. A timeless tale.
The ending will strike you. Pierce you. Stay with you. This is what the Smiths have built toward with every preceding scene. They have inspired us to care about these two characters. In so doing, they have richly earned the stirring emotion we feel during the final and deeply moving moments of "Walking Out".
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