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Wildlike performances match the stunning locales in smart adventure


Wildlike an adventure drama from writer-director Frank Hall Green, making his feature length debut, will be out on DVD April 20. Selena Chong Movies will handle it on digital and DVD.

Starring newcomer Brit Ella Purnell as a troubled teen runaway Mackenzie and Bruce Greenwood as the lonely wayfarer she meets in the Alaskan Wilderness, Wildlike is a coming-of-age drama set against a spectacular backdrop. Sent to stay with her uncle in Anchorage while her mother is in treatment, 14 year old Mackenzie is forced to flee when her uncle's attention turns threatening. Unable to reach her mother and afraid that authorities will return her to the uncle she embarks on a journey across the wilderness to find her way back to Seattle.

As she plunges deeper into the Alaskan interior, a chance connection with gruff backpacker, Bartlett (Greenwood), proves to be her only lifeline. Mackenzie shadows Bartlett across the rugged frontier, thwarting his efforts to cut her loose until he has no choice but to help her survive, and against a sprawling landscape, they discover the redemptive power of friendship.

Boasting a healthy score on Metacritic of 74 Wildlike has been acclaimed for its subtleties and measured direction. "Writer/director Frank Hall Green shows a considerable amount of restraint and a deft handle on tone for a first feature," Oktay Ege Kozak writes in The Playlist.

The Hollywood Reporter notes, "Green's realistic, efficient script avoids, capitulating to the melodramatic treatment that so often plagues this type of material, remaining tightly focused on Mackenzie's struggle for survival and healing."

The talented cast also includes Brian Geraghty, Ann Dowd and Nolan Gerard. Greenwood's nuanced performance has been especially singled out. Justin Lowe observes in his review for the Hollywood Reporter that his "quiet, assured performance conveys volumes of unspoken emotion with well-tuned facial expressions and body language that replace any number of unnecessary speeches or confrontations."