You vs Wild: Out Cold

Movie review by
Jennifer Green, Common Sense Media
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Grylls faces dangers in interactive adventure; lots of peril
  • NR
  • 2021
  • 25 minutes

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Positive Messages

Perseverance pays off in situations of survival. It's possible to survive in the wild with the right knowledge.

Positive Role Models

Grylls is brave in the face of dire circumstances and confronts challenges with a positive attitude and limitless energy. 

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The pilot of Grylls' downed plane is Black.


Bear is in an airplane crash, which we see in moments of flashbacks. He wakes up hanging from a tree with amnesia and has to survive in the wild. He skins and eats from a carcass, escapes a wolf, is knocked out by another wild beast, finds his pilot missing from the plane with a trail of blood off in one direction, eats insects and vomits, risks sliding down mountainsides and getting stuck in mountain tunnels, and more. At one point, Bear sets off a bomb via a trip wire and is wounded so badly that he's apparently grown a full beard before he can get back out. He and the pilot both survive.




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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that You vs. Wild: Out Cold, an installment in adventurer Bear Grylls' interactive survival tales, provides the expected entertainment, scares, and some gross-out moments. The peril here is managed quickly, and the viewer knows the option to go back and "start over" is always there. At one point, Bear sets off a bomb via a trip wire and is wounded so badly that he's apparently grown a full beard before he can get back out. He's stuck on some isolated mountains because he and his pilot got in a plane crash, which we see in moments of flashbacks. Bear wakes up hanging upside down from his parachute in a tree, and with amnesia. Other scares include wild animals, trails of blood, an insect that makes him sick when he eats it, and steep cliffs he could potentially fall off. 

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What's the story?

Outdoor adventurist Bear Grylls wakes up hanging upside down from a parachute caught in a tree at the start of YOU VS. WILD: OUT COLD. He doesn't seem to remember anything, but he has flashbacks of being in an airplane crash. Meanwhile, he needs to survive in the inhospitable mountains, where his survival will depend on finding food, water, and shelter, and avoiding ominous wild animals. When he realizes the plane's captain is wounded on the other side of the mountain, he sets off on a treacherous journey to reach him.

Is it any good?

There's really nothing quite like the experience of choosing whether Bear Grylls should eat a cockroach or a millipede off a tunnel floor. In You vs. Wild: Out Cold, one makes him vomit and the other seems to sit just fine. This is just one of many perils Grylls faces in this latest adventure. As always, the survivalist makes for a compelling watch because he seems invincible and undaunted by any challenge. This film feels a little faster-paced than others, with decisions popping up so frequently that when you want to go back and try different options, you have to follow a whole trail of previous decisions. This could prove fun for very young viewers, offering them much more than the listed 25 minutes of screen time, but it's also a little frustrating if you're just curious to see where an alternative choice would take you. No worry, though, because the journey is all the fun.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about whether You vs. Wild: Out Cold is realistic. Why or why not? Does this matter for the movie?

  • How does Bear Grylls demonstrate perseverance in overcoming dire physical circumstances and trying to reach his wounded pilot?

  • How does this film compare with other interactive adventures starring Grylls?

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