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About the Movie
Druid Peak is a coming of age story about a troubled teenage boy who finds his place in the world tracking wolves in the wild lands of Wyoming. Sixteen year-old Owen Wagner isn't just rebellious - he's a bully with a mean streak. Growing up in coal country West Virginia, he struggles against the claustrophobia of small town life and the displacement he feels as the only child of his mother's first marriage. With anger he can't contain, he lashes out against school and family. But when his actions lead to the accidental death of a friend, his mother decides the only way to save him is to send him away. Owen is shipped off to live with his father, Everett Gordon, a biologist working on Yellowstone's wolf reintroduction program. At first, Owen wants no part of this new life. But on a failed attempt to escape the park, he has his first encounter with a Canadian gray wolf. The creature's deep, penetrating gaze startles him - stirring something long dead inside his own self. Sensing the first signs of change in his son, Everett encourages Owen to collect some basic data about the wolf he saw and its family pack - the Druid Peak pack. Owen's small assignment grows into a passion and his own life becomes deeply tied to the Druid Peak wolves and their struggle for survival. When a change in government policy threatens the animals, Owen must decide how far he will go to protect the wolves, his father, and the place he has finally come to call home.
A must see movie!
A coming of age story, set in Yellowstone National Park, co-stars the wolf packs that have been reintroduced and the ranger/biologists who monitor the wolves.
Filmed in Wyoming and Utah the cinematography is amazing! The director used the natural light to create lighting situations that took my breath away.
In this day in age of high speed pacing of movies, the pacing in this movie was brilliant. I loved the long lingering shots of the moody teenager. The dramatic affect of the pacing makes this movie special.
The acting was great and I love the way Andrew Wilson played the father without much dialogue, you could feel his emotions coming off of the screen.
An excellent movie if you love wolves, the outdoors and indy movies!
Wonderful and Sensitive! Best of it's kind if not a first!
Wonderfully written and directed film! A realistic and accurate coming of age story, that investigates our relationship to animals, nature, each other, and finding our place on this earth. Stunning cinematography combined with a blue-ribbon cast of actors including OUTSTANDING performances by Andrew Wilson and Spencer Treat Clark. It has the impact and potency of a "Sweet Land" or "Into the Wild". One of the best independent films in a decade that makes you feel like one of the privileged lucky few who get to experience something really great before everyone else knows about it and will have you wondering just why you didn't hear more about it. Cheers!
I'm not a person who writes reviews - ever - but this film was so incredibly good that it would be a diservice not to write something. This story is beautifully crafted and the cast is very talented, and as a result, this film is among the kind that sends you away with a flurry of thoughts. As a current student studing conservation in Montana, I felt that this film perfectly depicted the wolf reintroduction and the controversy that it's caused, as well as the effect that it's had on many walks of life. If you didn't care about nature before watching Druid Peak, you will afterwards, and if you were a nature lover before viewing, that love will be ignited afterwards. On top of all of that, this film encorporates aspects of growing up, of loss, of parenting, of hope and of triumph. There is something for everyone in Druid Peak and if I could, I would give it ten times the rating.