Into The Wild(2007)
A true story about a young man who leaves his middle class existence for a life of adventure in the North American wilderness. In 1992, top student and athlete Christopher McCandless (Hirsch) abandons his possessions, gives his entire $24,000 savings to charity and hitchhikes to Alaska where he must fight to survive in the harsh environment. Along the way, Christopher encounters a series of characters that shape his life.
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BY Andrew Hedley Flicks Writer
This very American story (with a suitably folky soundtrack by Pearl Jam's Eddie Veder) is universally accessible as a philosophical look at modern man's capacity for solitude.
In the minds of many, McCandless was a foolish young man who needlessly perished in the Alaskan wilderness. He was ill-prepared, had little wet-weather gear and not nearly enough food. Instead of a compass, he had a cheap road map. Quite simply, he was a fool. Well educated, well-raised, but a fool nonetheless.
The film deftly treads that fine line between sympathy for McCandless' intentions and disapproval at his decisions. While traveling into the wild might be an immensely appealing concept, it may be unwise to disappear from human contact, and he was cruel to shun his family.
That interesting debate is fuelled, as his travels progress, by a great cast of cameo appearances which include Vince Vaughan and Catherine Keener. But it's Hal Holbrook as an elderly retiree who leaves the most poignant impression.
Into the Wild is a deeply moving account of one person's attempt to make sense of the modern world, and one you will not easily forget.