Southbounders takes viewers on a journey through the Appalachian Mountains, as seen through the eyes of three strangers who meet up while embarking on their own personal journeys.
The focus of the movie is Olivia, who decides to go on an adventure before her classes resume. She’s awkward at first, clearly having some knowledge but not enough to make it through the trip on her own.
The serious moments of the movie were mixed well with funny moments. The highlight usually included fellow hiker Slackpack, whose total obliviousness to people’s hints gets on some nerves. However, his heart is in the right place and I liked how he took on a protective role in the movie. Whether the moment called for seriousness or comedy, the actors handled the material with ease and I got lost in the story.
The acting and story is beautifully accompanied by gorgeous shots of the area that shows not just the beauty, but the treacherous landscape. I’d recommend this one for people who like character-driven stories and a love of the outdoors.