Blu-ray Review: WALKING OUT

WALKING OUT is based on the short story by David Quammen. The movie was written and directed by Andrew and Alex Smith and stars Matt Bomer, Josh Wiggins, Alex Neustaedter, Lily Gladstone and Bill Pullman.

An estranged father and son are forced to rely on one another to survive an unforgiving wilderness in this riveting, richly emotional thriller. Once a year, fourteen-year-old David (Josh Wiggins) travels from his mother’s home in Texas to visit his loner father, Cal (Matt Bomer), in the remote mountains of Montana. There, the two embark on their annual hunting excursion, during which the taciturn Cal attempts to connect with his smartphone-addicted son. But when a terrifying turn of events leaves Cal critically wounded, it’s up to the teenage David to summon enough strength for both of them. Infused with a deep reverence for the rugged beauty and harsh realities of the Montana landscape, Walking Out is both a tense survival saga and a disarmingly moving father-son tale.

Walking Out follows David, a city teen who travels to Montana to go hunting with Cal, his estranged father. As soon as he arrives you can tell there’s an uncomfortable relationship between the father and son. Cal is more of an old school type who lives off the land and eats what he kills while his son is used to living the city life and isn’t that interested in going hunting with his father. Cal has strict rules he lives by that was passed down to him by his father who we meet through flashbacks. All Cal is really trying to do is pass down what he learn from his father but David doesn’t realize this in the beginning.

The two end up going hunting and both of them are making an effort to work on this stressed relationship but when a tragic accident happens it’s up to David to take the lead and brave the harsh elements and fend off the predators that lurk nearby. With his father fighting for his life, David has to gather his wits and stay calm so he can try to find a way to safety. The hunting trip turns into a deadly fight for survival for this father and son duo and even though it also serves as a bonding experience for the two, unfortunately it doesn’t end without tragedy. This is a hunting trip that served as a scarring learning experience for David who will remember it for the rest of his life

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, an image and list of special features. The reverse sleeve features an image from the movie. The Blu-ray disc also features its own individual artwork. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Walking Out starts out as an uncomfortable family drama and slowly turns into an emotionally charged survival thriller as the movie plays out. I liked the story and can even relate to it some because it reminded me a little of one of my own experiences from my childhood. The small cast was easily the driving force of the movie because Matt Bomer and Josh Wiggins delivered some powerful performances. These two characters go through so much as they try to survive the harsh wintery elements as well as fight off any hungry predators lurking nearby. As grim as it gets, this tragic hunting trip turns into a bonding experience for this father and son even though their journey doesn’t end on the happiest of notes. Andrew and Alex Smith did a great job directing the movie and the fact that they filmed this in Montana made it even more of a realistic movie experience. I wouldn’t say this movie is going to be for everybody but it’s still a really great watch. Walking Out releases on Blu-ray on February 6th and is definitely worth checking out.

Distributor: Shout! Factory and IFC Films

Run Time: 96 Minutes

Rated: PG-13

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (2.40:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH

Special Features: The extras include seven deleted scenes, a behind-the-scenes featurette that includes interviews with some of the cast and crew and theatrical trailer.

  • Deleted Scenes (13:21)
  • Behind-the-Scenes Footage (02:51)
  • Theatrical Trailer (02:23)


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