SURVIVING THE WILD

"Honor Thy Family"

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Summary:

SURVIVING THE WILD is an adventure movie starring Jon Voight about a 13-year-old boy who steals the ashes of his dead beloved grandfather to spread them atop a remote mountain that he and his grandfather loved. SURVIVING THE WILD is a compelling, touching adventure story with some really good acting and wonderful cinematography, but there is some foul language, brief innuendo, and the teenage boy talks to his grandfather’s ghost.

Review:

SURVIVING THE WILD is an adventure movie about a 13-year-old boy who steals the ashes of his dead beloved grandfather to spread them atop a remote mountain that he and his grandfather loved.

As the movie opens, 13-year-old Shaun’s parents are in the midst of a messy divorce, and Shaun’s grandfather, Gus, has suddenly died. Gus promised to take Shaun hiking on a remote mountaintop, but that won’t happen now. At the funeral, Shaun talks to the ghost of his beloved grandfather. This comforts him, but his parents get into another one of their numerous fights.

The next day, Shaun lies to his parents, who think he’s going to spend the weekend with the other parent. Shaun’s mother drops Shaun off at his grandfather’s house, where Shaun says he’s going to meet his father. However, Shaun has stolen his grandfather’s ashes. He plans to take his grandfather’s dog, Riley, with him to the mountain, where he’ll spread Grandpa’s ashes. Along the treacherous journey, Shaun is guided by his grandfather’s ghost, played by Jon Voight in a whimsical touching performance.

SURVIVING THE WILD is a compelling adventure story for families. Young Aidan Cullen holds his own with veteran Jon Voight, who delivers an outstanding performance as the boy’s grandfather. They are helped by a good script and some wonderful, well-edited wilderness photography.

The first act of SURVIVING THE WILD does have some brief foul language and innuendo, however. Also, the fact that Jon Voight’s character is a ghost is problematic for Christian and Jewish moviegoers. So, MOVIEGUIDE® advises caution for older children.

Content:

(BB, Ab, O, L, V, S, M):

Dominant Worldview and Other Worldview Content/Elements:
Strong moral worldview of family reconciliation, mitigated by some immoral antinomian (lawless) behavior and an occult story device where young boy talks often with his beloved grandfather’s ghost;

Foul Language:
An SOB obscenity, two a** obscenities, two light OMG profanities, a couple references to boobies in innuendo talk about the suggestive shape of a mountain, three uses of “butt,” several uses of the word “crap”;

Violence:
Some adventure violence such as young teenage boy falls into rapids and his head is bleeding after apparently bumping into a rock, two bad guys up to no good in the wilderness kidnap boy and tie him up overnight, men with guns threaten family, dog gets shot, bad guys chase boy down a hill and through a forest, family fights off two bad guys, boy takes dead grandfather’s ashes and replaces them with oatmeal, bear wanders into a campsite and then leaves;

Sex:
Some brief humorous innuendo in one scene about women’s breasts while talking about the suggestive shape of a mountain;

Nudity:
No nudity;

Alcohol Use:
No alcohol;

Smoking and/or Drug Use and Abuse:
No smoking or drugs; and,

Miscellaneous Immorality:
Kidnapping, threats.

In Brief:

SURVIVING THE WILD is an adventure movie for families. In the beginning, 13-year-old Shaun’s parents are going through a divorce, and Shaun’s grandfather, Gus, has died. At the funeral, Shaun talks to his beloved grandfather’s ghost. The next day, Shaun lies to his parents, who think he’s spending the weekend with the other parent. Shaun’s mother drops Shaun off at his grandfather’s house, where Shaun says he’s going to meet his father. However, Shaun steals his grandfather’s ashes. He plans to take his grandfather’s old dog, Riley, with him to a mountain, where he’ll spread the ashes. Along the treacherous journey, Shaun is guided by his grandfather’s ghost.

SURVIVING THE WILD is a compelling adventure story. Young Aidan Cullen holds his own with veteran Jon Voight, who delivers an outstanding performance as the grandfather. They’re helped by a good script and some wonderful, well-edited wilderness photography. The first act of SURVIVING THE WILD has some brief foul language and innuendo, however. Also, Jon Voight’s character is a ghost. This is problematic for Christian and Jewish moviegoers. So, MOVIEGUIDE® advises caution for older children.

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