Fourteen-year-old David reluctantly travels from his comfortable Texas home to rural Montana for his annual visit with his brooding, off-the-grid father, Cal, who has planned the boy’s first big game hunt. As the pair ascends into the wilderness, Cal tries to connect with David by recounting the story of his own first kill, on his last hunting trip with his now long-dead father. After their trip is disrupted by a chance encounter with a grizzly bear, a wounded Cal realizes they must both rely on David’s strength and resilience to survive. [Synopsis courtesy of Sundance Film Festival]
An R rating was just one of the filmmaker’s big asks to Warner Bros., but while he’s pleased with the outcome, don’t expect his next “Guardians of the Galaxy” film to also get the same adult-skewing stamp.