An estranged father and son trying to bond on a Moose hunting trip up on the high mountains of Montana without modern technology. What could go wrong? In the case of Walking Out, everything.
Walking Out centers around Just two people. David, a typical 14 year old addicted to his cell phone who doesn't want to be hunting moose. And his dad, a rugged manly man who is essentially an outdoorsman with, in my opinion, a screw loose. He seems to relish the life of a wild animal, and offers monologues durring camp fires.
The two haven't seen each other in what looks to be over a year. Call doesn't like his son on his phone all the time and doesn't let him bring it as they travel to a secluded cabin to hunt some moose. Once there they find a dead moose which upsets Cal, as it was left by fake punk hunters. He's also upset it attracts a bear who attacks leaving Cal injured, and forcing David to save them both.
Through a series of random flashbacks, and one unnecessary dream sequence we leave that Cals dad (played by Bill Pullman) taught Cal how to be a man durring hunting trips and now Cal is teaching David, although it's under much darker circumstances.
A very heavy handed coming of age film, both actors, Matt Bomer (Cal) and Josh Wiggins (David) do a great job moving the story along. Both are top notch in portrayal of their characters, and have fine chemistry with one another. My issue is the Cal character. No he was portrayed fine, in fact i know many people like him, I just don't like them.
Nothing against hunting (I'm against it) or outdoorsmen, I don't like father's who are to macho and proud to hug there children and tell them they love them, and do things the kid wants to do. Sadly the lesson learned is that even the tough love guys will show you how they love you in the end while teaching you to be a man. It should teach you to hug you kids good night and tell them you love them everyday in case something should ever happen. It should also teach you that moose are cute animals and should not be hunted.
Shout Factory is the perfect studio to Handel this film as the backdrop of the Montana mountains and snow covered areas are absolutely breath taking, and you can enjoy it with this excellent transfer. It almost feels like you are out in the icy yet sunny cold with said father and son.
It's a good coming of age film that's enjoyable for the entire family. The good acting and georgeous backdrop make it enjoyable for the entire family.
Overall 3 out of 5 Stars