The story centers around three men, John and Julian (older/experienced trails-men) and Paul (much younger and very inexperienced), going on a ritual trip deep into the mountains. They take nothing but the clothes on their backs, forcing themselves to survive on the land itself. John is the leader and has taught everything he knows to Julian. They have been on these outings many times before. Julian hates the idea of taking Paul along, and Paul must prove to him that he is more than capable. In one gross out scene Paul drinks his own urine after running out of water. Slade Hall, Shane Dean and Cavin Gray Schneider play off each other in a realistic manner, lending credibility to the storyline. Things go bad when John gets hurt, and they must get him back to civilization before he dies. Of course things go from bad to worse when Julian begins to lose his mind. He winds up taking John's life to spare him the pain he is in. So far drama, but now comes the horror: He does so by bashing his head in with a large rock. Paul realizes how gone Julian is and now must escape if he wants to live. The hunt is on. This may sound exciting, but be warned this is a slow moving film. The first half is about how these men use their skills to survive off the land, but several montages set to Jason Camiolo's masterful score will keep you interested. Simply hearing this music will conjure up images of wooded hills and grassy meadows.
|Cavin Gray Schneider||Paul|
|Katrina Matusek||Mother Earth|
|Neal Trout||Search Party Member|
|Richard Anderson||Search Party Member|