In "The River Wild," Joey (Leighton Meester) fears there could be trouble ahead after brother Gray (Taran Killam) invites Trevor (Adam Brody), a childhood friend with a troubled past, on their whitewater rafting adventure with two tourists. Once they become stranded in raging rapids, the thrill-seeking trip quickly turns from exciting to utterly terrifying as the rafters are trapped in a desperate fight for their lives, all while someone seems intent on sabotage to ensure shocking secrets stay buried. To survive the wild river, Joey will have to face her fears, and everyone will have to develop killer instincts before they're torn apart by deception aboard the raft, or by deadly waters wreaking havoc all around them. (Gary Reber)
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The 2.00:1 1080p picture, reviewed on a VIZIO Quantum X P85QX-JI UHD/HDR display, was photographed digitally using the Arri Alexa Mini LF camera system and sourced from a 2K master Digital Intermediate format. The picture appears realistic with natural forestry and river imagery. The color palette exhibits subdued natural hues. Flesh tones are perfectly natural throughout. Contrast is excellent with bright daylight sequences and dark revealing shadows. Blacks appear deep. Resolution is revealing of fine detail among characters and the natural environment, This is a good looking picture that is compelling. (Gary Reber)
The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1-channel soundtrack delivers natural dynamics with an aggressive enveloping surround presence. Atmospherics sound perfectly natural amongst the river and forest setting. Sound effects also sound natural and realistic. Deep bass is effectual in sequences with the raft on the river. The orchestral score is dynamic with a wide and deep soundstage that aggressively extends to the surrounds. Dialogue is intelligible throughout with good ADR and decent spatial integration. This is a well crafted holosonic® soundtrack that perfectly complements the visuals and setting. (Gary Reber)