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Walking Out is a 2017 American survival drama film directed by Alex Smith and , based on a short story by David Quammen. The film follows a teenage boy named David () who travels to Montana to visit his father Cal (), an avid outdoorsman. The two embark on a hunting trip in the wilderness, but things take a turn for the worse when Cal is severely injured in a bear attack. David must use all of his survival skills to keep them alive as they make their way back to civilization.


Walking Out received generally positive reviews from critics, with praise for the film's cinematography, performances, and emotional depth. The film's realistic portrayal of survival in the wilderness was also noted as a highlight. However, some critics felt that the film was slow-paced and lacked a sense of urgency.

as Cal in the movie

's portrayal of Cal in Walking Out was praised by critics for his nuanced and emotional performance. Bomer's character is a complex and troubled father who is trying to connect with his estranged son through their shared love of the outdoors. Bomer's natural charisma and charm bring depth to his character, making the audience sympathize with his struggles and flaws.

Throughout the film, Bomer's physical transformation as his character endures a severe injury is also notable. His portrayal of a wounded and vulnerable Cal adds to the emotional weight of the film's survival storyline.

Overall, Bomer's performance in Walking Out was considered a standout in the film and contributed to its critical success.

as David in the movie

' performance as David in Walking Out was also praised by critics for his natural and authentic portrayal of a teenage boy struggling to bond with his father. Wiggins brings a quiet intensity to his character, conveying the internal conflicts and emotions of a young man who is both afraid and determined to survive in the wilderness.

Wiggins' chemistry with 's character, Cal, was also noted as a highlight of the film, as their complicated relationship drives much of the story's emotional tension.

Overall, Wiggins' performance in Walking Out was considered a strong and mature portrayal of a young man pushed to his limits in a dangerous and isolating situation.


Walking Out was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. The film also won the Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature at the 2017 Montclair Film Festival.


Walking Out did not perform well at the box office, earning just over $100,000 in limited release. However, the film has gained a following among fans of survival dramas and independent cinema. It currently has a 70% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a 6.0/10 on IMDb.

Directed by Alex &
Written by Alex &
Story by David Quammen
Cinematography Todd McMullen
Edited by Michael Taylor
Music by Ernst Reijseger
Distributed by IFC Films
Release dates
  • January 21, 2017 (Sundance)
  • October 6, 2017 (United States)
Running time
95 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $162,521


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