Expert Survivalist Rates 10 Wilderness Survival Scenes In Movies And TV | How Real Is It?

Wilderness survival expert Laura Zerra rates 10 wilderness survival scenes in movies and television shows for realism. Zerra has been teaching wilderness survival for over 17 years and has appeared five times on the reality-television show “Naked and Afraid.”

Zerra discusses the accuracy of wilderness survival scenes in “The Revenant” (2015) starring Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Grey” (2011) starring Liam Neeson, and “Rambo: First Blood” (1982) starring Sylvester Stallone. She comments on the reality of the dangers presented in “Into the Wild” (2007), “Those Who Wish Me Dead” (2021), and “The Edge” (1997). Zerra also analyzes which survival tactics are accurate in “The Office” (2007), “The Way Back” (2010), “The Hunted” (2003), and “The Mountain Between Us” (2017).

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Expert Survivalist Rates 10 Wilderness Survival Scenes In Movies And TV | How Real Is It?


  1. the thing that really grinds my gears about The Grey, is that if a wolf was really so starving and so desperate, that a human was an option cause there were no other options, it would be too weak to really but up much of a fight. That's not to say it's not still extremely dangerous at that level of desperation, but they make it seem like the wolf becomes super human and has endless stamina when really it wouldn't have much energy to do anything at all. I've rescued a starved dog before. If they have been starved, there is no energy for moving, much less attacking. The human will win without needing to take drastic measures, like taping little bottles to your fist like you are a wolverine cosplayer.

  2. If it can happen, the movie is about the time that, yes, it did happen. This can't be a negative for the score. This is basic stuff.

    You are giving Michael Scott a 4 for tearing apart his clothes and laying there in the middle of the day, wasting daylight, almost killing himself, but giving a guy 1, because "ThE woLveS aRe mIsRepreSented eVen thOugh it cAn happen"
    and using glass as brass knuckles.

  3. Well with the clip from The Grey, he was moving actively into wolf territory which made them aggressive.

  4. The Kate Winslet couldn't find a door to float on comment has won me over, fan for life!!!!!😂😂😂😂😂😁

  5. Yes, The Grey. What's wrong with a sharpened stick, he had a knife to sharpen it. Could have attached the broken glass to the stick (pine sap and ashes) if he had no blade.shattered rock, a combo shattered rock/broken glass spear using the electrical tape melted to keep the rock on. You'd have one good shot at least. Then batter it to death with a lump of wood. Of course most wolves would be gone long before you had the time to do all this.

  6. I always found it funny that if Michael had died from the mushrooms in the office clip, it would likely have been mycotoxin that killed him.

  7. he put the blade in the ashes of that fire… ashes are always much hotter than the fire itself it is the basic idea of forging

  8. Oh gawd… the Revenant
    That movie had to be the most MISERABLE movie I've ever seen… *And no, I don't mean if was a miserable movie to watch- obviously a very good movie*(although that was NOT a film I'd want to see a 2nd time?)
    But, as for "putting yourself in the character's shoes" goes- which is something I can't help but doing in almost EVERY movie i've ever seen- the entire runtime of this movie was pain, then sorrow, depression, misery, sheer agony….oh God please let him DROP DEAD ALREADY & do the poor guy a FAVOR?! UGHHHH!!!

  9. I love how the I e with the highest rating is the one where the dude is dying because he mistook a plant, and the high rating is because the realistic cause of death, I'm deadd.

  10. The scene with Neeson needs a no vote, and that vote is from a complete amateur. Here’s my reason why, if any cares; those little bottles are always plastic.
    He’d do better to mix the wolves a cocktail.

  11. Its odd. The savagery humans inflict on one another for all the various reasons. With animals, there's only one reason: food

  12. If Chris McCandless knew how to properly smoke moose meat and scout his surroundings he might have made it out alive.

  13. Wolves don't attack people.
    Also: hundreds of fatal attacks in eurasia in just the last century alone.
    Cherry picking to the north american attacks is cheating.

  14. Thank you about explaining that about wolves. Wolves are back in the Netherlands and so many people are afraid that people will get attacked.

  15. There’s a viral video of a 22 year old college student here in utah that goes jogging up a closed canyon , several miles up he turns around as it’s getting near sundown and on the way down he rounds a corner and sees 2 mountain Lion cubs and the moron pulls his cell phone out and approaches them to film them, run run a few steps away growling and he keeps following them. I remember watching thinking oh my lord you moron, the mothers near , you see young go through opposeite direction . After about 20 feet of pursuing them he hears twigs break and looks left seeing the mother just 5-6’ from him in the trees ears back showing it’s teeth head down and kissed off. It confidently and terrifyingly creeps toward him like it’s about to pounce so we starts walking backwards but it keeps following him continueing to jump and swipe at him and growling . Several minutes in he’s still recording and starts to freak out realizing it’s pushing him back up the closed canyon miles from the entrance. It follows him for about 20 minutes and at the end he’s saying oh my god I’m going to die , he tells his parents he loves them while filming the mountain lion and says well at least someone should find my phone and see what happened to me. He was so damn scared and turns his head to see what’s behind him and in that split second it almost gets to him so he grabs 2 rocks and throws one missing and the second hits in in the head and it runs off. Then he panics becasue it runs down the trail where he has to go and it’s getting dark but made it out. It’s on YouTube and worth watching. A cannon I’m in often so i now carry my hand gun up there lol.

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